Churchill the Supreme Survivor

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'It is refreshing,' writes Sir Peter de la Billiere in his foreword to this book, 'to have an account of Churchill that breaks new ground.' And this book does indeed break new ground, in describing and analysing the large and various sequence of illnesses and accidents that befell Winston Churchill, and would surely have defeated a lesser man. If Churchill had not been the supreme survivor he was, the history of the world would have taken a very different course in the first half of the twentieth century. Most of Sir Winston's life was lived in pre-antibiotic days, and we are reminded of the limitations of medical care when he developed pneumonia in his youth, or fell nine metres out of a tree, or (with similar mechanical forces involved) was knocked down by a car in New York in 1931. These events and many more, described without resort to jargon and generously illustrated, form the substance of this book.

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Wyn Beasley is an orthopaedic surgeon who has turned in retirement to the writing of history. Among his previous books is The mantle of surgery: the history, published in 2002, of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; he had been a vice-president of the College 1983-85. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England, and was a Hunterian Professor of the English College in 2002. In 1973 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship; and in recent years he has spoken at meetings of the Churchill Centre in Woodford and at Chartwell. He was Director of Medical Services at Home Command in Wellington, New Zealand 1971-76, and Colonel Commandant of his Corps 1986-90. He was awarded a military OBE in 1971, and the Efficiency Decoration in 1974. He was made CNZM in 2005.

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"It pleases me that my friend Wyn Beasley has set about documenting the enormous and varied array of medical adventures, many of them life-threatening, that beset Churchill during his long life, and I find myself speculating on what might have been the course of history if Sir Winston had not been the supreme survivor that he was. It also pleases me that Wyn has been able to explain so many of these conditions in language that is easy for the layman to follow, and describe the management of various disorders in the pre-antibiotic days in which Sir Winston lived most of his life. It is good that we have this new contribution to the Churchill record, and at a time when attention is once again being directed to the man who has been recognised as 'the greatest Englishman of the twentieth century' it is refreshing to have an account of him that breaks new ground, and provides a perspective that perhaps only a surgeon could offer." General Sir Peter de la Billiere

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