Sunday, July 24, 2005

A good man down

Richard Doll, a major figure in 20th century medicine and the struggle for a better human future, is dead at 92.

People like him needed all the more as the foundations of the enlightenment are under attack (see, for example, here)

Doll was a decent and warm man. I remember one day in 1993 or '94 walking into the lodge at Green College to find Doll and his wife had come down to say goodbye to one of the porters who was retiring that day, even though Doll had left the wardenship of the college some years before. The porter was a "nothing" in the Oxford hierarchy, but Richard Doll treated him with respect, care and affection.

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