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Churchill: the Struggle for Survival 1940-1965

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 15 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e908
  1. Matthew Down, consultant in anaesthesia, Department of Anaesthesia, Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland SR4 7TP, UK
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Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was the greatest British statesman of the past century, and perhaps of any century. Yet in the popular imagination he has become little more than a stereotype. Lord Moran’s book is remarkable in that it is an intimate portrayal of the doctor-patient relationship, except that the patient happens to be Churchill himself, and the picture that emerges is anything but stereotypical.

In May 1940, when Moran was plain Sir Charles Wilson, the author took on the guardianship of Churchill’s health. From the ensuing 25 years a book emerged that is a biography, an autobiography, and …

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