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Taming the Beast

Memoirs of a Pioneering Cancer Physician

Written by John F. Smyth / with Alexander McCall Smith


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ISBN: 9780956527813
Published: 11 Aug 2022
Format: Hardback
Extent: 208
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Maclean Dubois
Biography & memoir
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About the Book

When he was appointed Edinburgh University’s first professor of medical oncology at the age of 33, John Smyth was already making a name for himself in the world of cancer research. Over the next three decades, he led the development of cancer medicine in Scotland, pushing ahead both research and education in the subject. In that time, he supervised the care of some 6,000 cancer patients, published more than 330 scientific papers and contributed to more than 40 books.

Along with medicine, he has had a lifelong passion for both singing and flying light aircraft. While at Cambridge University, he was a founder-member of the Monteverdi Choir – widely held to be one of the finest chamber choirs in the world – and sang in it for 50 years.

He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Ann, a professor of clinical psychology. Between them, they have four daughters and ten grandchildren.

The Author

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the highly successful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies. Since then he has devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series and the Corduroy Mansions novels.