Our Image of the Month shows Sir Douglas Black at the Witness Seminar ‘Clinical Research in Britain, 1950–1980’.
Professor Sir Douglas Black Kt FRCP FRCPath FRCPsych FRCGP (b. 1913) qualified at St Andrews University in 1936 and held clinical and research posts in Dundee, Oxford and Cambridge before entering the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946. He was appointed to the Department of Medicine at Manchester University in 1946, becoming Professor of Medicine from 1959 to 1977, later Emeritus. He was Chief Scientist at the Department of Health and Social Security from 1973 to 1977, a member of the MRC from 1966 to 1970 and 1971 to 1977; Chairman of the MRC Clinical Research Board from 1971 to 1973, Chairman of the Research Working Group on Inequalities in Health from 1977 to 1980 and President of the Royal College of Physicians from 1977 to 1983. He was an MRC Research Fellow from 1938 to 1940 and a Beit Memorial Research Fellow from 1940 to 1942.