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Sir Donald Acheson (1926-2010), Chief Medical Officer
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Donald Acheson has had several medical careers: as a clinician in Oxford, an epidemiologist, the founder dean of Southampton Medical School, and the chief medical officer to the Department of Health. In his approach to AIDS, he was able to calm public panic, avoiding scape-goating of homosexuals, and developed a humane policy for the care of patients as well as policies on prevention. Subsequently spearheaded the United Nations medical relief for the victims of the Bosnian war in Sarajevo.