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Charles Montague Fletcher

(1911-1996), Epidemiologist and Professor of clinical epidemiology

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Eton and Cambridge are unlikely backgrounds for the pioneer of good medical communications. But Charles Fletcher was at home with everybody, whether Welsh coalminers (during his important research on dust disease of the lung), or his fellow researchers. He campaigned vigorously for doctors to talk clearly to one another and their patients. As the first television doctor he showed how to do it in the series 'Your life in their hands'.

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Charles Montague Fletcher, by Nick Sinclair - NPG P674

Charles Montague Fletcher

by Nick Sinclair
bromide print, 1996
NPG P674

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Professor Max Blythe

3 September 2016, 09:44

The portrait you display was taken towards the end of Fletcher's life and shows a man of eminently distinguished appearance at his worst. As his biographer I would be pleased to seek an alternative portrait for the National Portrait Gallery. Fletcher was regarded as one of the most handsome physicians of his generation and his TV medical programmes attracted admiring audiences of 10 million. Prof Max Blythe Green Templeton College Oxford OX3 6HG.

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