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This lively and scholarly biography tells of the life and times of Charles McMoran Wilson, a doctor who was central to developments in medicine in the middle years of the twentieth century. Through a Victorian childhood, life as a medical student inMoreThis lively and scholarly biography tells of the life and times of Charles McMoran Wilson, a doctor who was central to developments in medicine in the middle years of the twentieth century. Through a Victorian childhood, life as a medical student in London in the Edwardian era, and service as a medical officer in France in the 1914-18 war, there emerged an idealist, often prickly, with burning ambitions that tended to conflict with his need to earn a living in medical practice. As Dr Charles Wilson he became widely known as Churchills doctor, but by the time he was associated with Churchill in 1940 he had already rebuilt his old medical school at St Marys Hospital, contributed to ideas on medical education, and was in demand to give lectures to the armed services on morale and courage. Lord Moran became the longest-serving President of the Royal College of Physicians of London in the last 100 years and in that post he profoundly influenced the development of the National Health Service. The story of the conflict that arose between his loyalties to his often itinerant patient during the war and to his duties as President of the College are vividly recounted. Lord Moran always wanted to be a writer, not a doctor, and his Anatomy of Courage, published in 1945 and still in print in the USA, was widely acclaimed. So was much of the writing in Winston Churchill - the Struggle for Survival, although its publication in 1966, soon after Churchills death, aroused a storm of criticism. That story, and much else in the long life of this remarkable man, who set himself tasks that were never trivial, and who was often controversial, is illuminated from an extensive family archive.