Sir Donald Acheson(1926-2010), Chief Medical Officer
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Donald Acheson 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 the AIDS epidemic in Britain he was able to calm public panic, avoid scape-goating of gay men, and developed a humane policy for the care of patients as well as policies on prevention. He subsequently spearheaded the United Nations medical relief for the victims of the Bosnian war in Sarajevo.
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