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Alan McGlennan: Happy despite appearances

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 28 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5218


Alan McGlennan, 44, is a consultant anaesthetist and clinical lead at the Royal Free Hospital in London and training programme director for the North Central School of Anaesthesia. On Twitter he lists his biography as “Get up, go to work, push propofol, get showered, go home” and, as his interests, the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial (a fancy Cuban cigar). More seriously, he writes frequent contrarian articles in the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ bulletin, questioning the college’s conversion to what it calls perioperative medicine, its record on promoting women in anaesthesia, and the rigidness of training.

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