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Charles Warlow: Would be pilot, photographer, and sailor

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4571


Charles Warlow, 71, became interested in stroke when few people were and pioneered trials showing the benefit of aspirin and carotid surgery in preventing it. He is emeritus professor of medical neurology at the University of Edinburgh. Among his many publications is an account of a head injury he experienced in a fall on a sailing boat: as luck would have it, a fellow crew member was also a neurologist. A strong supporter of assisted suicide, Warlow has also weighed in forcefully in attacking companies that offer private screening services.

What was your earliest ambition?

To join the RAF. Luckily, I became short sighted.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

John Fry (a founder member of the Royal College of GPs), who, when I was a teenager, was my family doctor. He assured me that changing my intended degree from science to medicine would be fine, and …

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