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'Forks In The Road', the autobiography of Lord Turnberg

Today sees the release of the autobiography of former Royal College of Physicians (RCP) president Lord Turnberg.

Forks in the road. A life in and out of the NHS charts the long and noteworthy career of Lord Turnberg. From training to be physician in Manchester, though his years here at the RCP, to his introduction to the house of Lords in 2000, the book provides a captivating insight into the changes to the NHS from a man who has closely observed or worked in the NHS for over 60 years.

Included in the book, chapters focus on Lord Turnberg’s time as a professor and dean at Manchester’s teaching hospital in Salford, his spell reviewing London’s health services, his work with a wealth of charities as well as a brief history of NHS reforms.

In his own words:

This is the personal story of someone who grew up in the back streets of Salford but constantly surprised himself, and many others, by climbing higher in a medical career than he could ever have imagined possible. 

Professor Raymond Tallis:

A magnificent account of a life well spent at the centre of British medicine.

On the autobiography current RCP president Sir Richard Thompson said:

Lord Turnberg has had a wide and interesting career, from Manchester as professor of medicine and dean of the medical school, to president of the Royal College of Physicians and member of the House of Lords. He casts a penetrating eye on medicine, medical politics and the NHS, and gives wise and detailed analysis of how the current problems in the NHS have arisen. It will be a valuable source of information from someone who has been inside many of the events in the NHS over the last 50 Years.


For more information, please contact Morgan Evans, RCP communications and new media adviser, on 020 3075 1468 / 0779 508 8253, or email Morgan.Evans@rcplondon.ac.uk