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The author was born a son of the manse and as a medical student, became president of the Student Christian Movement at Liverpool University.
As a junior doctor, he was awarded the Royal Humane Society medal for bravery. He progressed to a career in orthopaedic surgery with qualifications, FRCS (Ed.), FRCS (Eng.) and MChOrth. He has a record of academic achievement having been Associate Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York and appointed Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons, England for original research on adolescent hip disease. He was co-author of papers that established the Charnley hip replacement as the gold standard for several decades. He has been awarded an OBE for services to medicine.
It was only after his retirement as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon that he had the opportunity to reflect more deeply on his beliefs, particularly in the light of work by many eminent academics in recent decades.