ABOUT  ..... 

 

David was born in 1939 in Rothesay, Isle of Bute, where his father was the parish minister. Moving to Glasgow and school days at Glasgow Academy, he graduated in Medicine at Glagsow University in 1963, having also taken an honours degree in Physiology. He obtained his PhD for resreach work in Physiology/Pathology 1967 and soon took the surgical fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Edinburgh and Glasgow. After surgical training in Glasgow and London he had two year's research in London with Nobel-Prize winner Sir Peter Medawar from 1969 and returning to Glasgow became a consultant surgeon in 1976. From 1984 he had an honorary position at Oxford University's Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, supported by being visiting surgeon to the transplant unit at Baghdad's Ibn Al-Bitar Hospital. He returned to Glasgow as director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine there, for its first three years, returning to work as a consultant trasplant surgeon. Later, retiring from the Western Infirmary in 2004, and moving to St Andrews he was an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Bute Medical School and also a medical panel member for the Appeals Tribunal Service.