- Category : 1885-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (10,34)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 2
Scottish physician and professor of public health. He also trained in law and was called to the Bar in 1922. He was appointed Dean of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1931 and was the UK Chief Medical Officer from 1940 to 1950. He introduced much more public health information than had been seen before and was not afraid to tackle sensitive subjects such as venereal disease, the subject of a BBC broadcast in October 1942.
He was influential in the detailed planning for the introduction of the UK National Health Service, where he worked closely with Aneurin Bevan. His benign cool head and diplomatic ability enabled this state health service to be established without a major breach with the medical profession.