For 25 years, Moran (1883–1977) was physician to Winston Churchill. He accompanied Churchill to wartime conferences at Casablanca, Cairo, Teheran and Yalta, and became famous after successfully treating him for pneumonia. In 1966 Moran published a book, 'Winston Churchill: the Struggle for Survival 1940–1965', which detailed events from Churchill’s diary as well as conversations and incidents of national importance, and personal and medical details. For this, Moran was criticised by Churchill’s family and the British Medical Association for disrespecting patient confidentiality, but Moran explained his duty to make these facts known to posterity.
Moran helped establish the National Health Service, and in 1941 was elected president of the Royal College of Physicians. He transformed St Mary’s Medical School, Paddington, where he trained at the same time as Sir Alexander Fleming, and in 1938 he was knighted. This portrait was commissioned for the college in 1951 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1952.
Where to see this painting?
Royal College of Physicians, London
11 St Andrew's Place
Regent's Park, London, Greater London, England, NW1 4LE
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