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First 'Geek-in-Chief': shy Scot who paved way for Prof Chris Whitty

2 monthes ago   |   By The Guardian

Dr James Niven in Manchester achieved UK-wide fame during Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 Coronavirus - latest UK updates See all our coronavirus coverage If the coronavirus outbreak has produced a star it is perhaps England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, the cool-headed epidemiologist described by the Guardian sketch writer, John Crace, as “the Geek-in-Chief, whom everyone now regards as the country's de facto prime minister”. But Whitty is not the first medic to achieve celebrity status during a national health crisis. Over 100 years ago there was Dr James Niven, a...
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