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Muir Gray: Evangelist for walking

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2131 (Published 26 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2131

In the latest in its series asking the movers and shakers of the medical world about work, life, and less serious matters, the BMJ spoke to the pioneer of screening and champion of public health


Muir Gray recently described himself (in a tweet) as the Don Quixote of the NHS: “tilting, always tilting.” His target is not windmills, but sloppy thinking. As chief knowledge officer of the NHS his job was defined by what he does—promoting improved care by the better use of evidence. Born, raised, and educated in Glasgow, he was a surgeon before he turned to public health in the 1970s. He directed the UK National Screening Committee, setting tough but clear rules that have since kept it on the rails, and …

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