WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“Allister Vale and John Scadding have written the definitive account of Churchill's illnesses. Their expertise as physicians has been brought to bear on the interpretation of the evidence, much of it available for the first time…Vale and Scadding have produced a well-researched and highly readable book that will be essential reading for Churchillians and other historians of the period, as it provides so much new material and many new insights. Clinicians and general readers alike who wish to understand the impact of illness on arguably the greatest leader of the twentieth century will also find the book of great interest.”

Randolph Churchill Randolph Churchill From the Foreword


“Winston Churchill’s Illnesses is a tour de force of scholarship. Vale and Scadding have conducted exhaustive research and brought to light much previously unpublished material. Their meticulous and scientific analysis of Winston Churchill’s health makes this one of the most historically significant and important books ever published in the field of Churchill studies.”

David Freeman David Freeman Editor Finest Hour, Journal of the International Churchill Society.

“With so many books published yearly about Sir Winston Churchill the question is bound to arise: is there room for one more? The answer on this occasion is most definitely ‘yes’…The book is written in an engaging narrative that can be understood by anyone…There can be no doubt that this is the definitive work on Churchill’s many illnesses”

Cecilia Lee Co-Editor, Women in War Group Newsletter and Churchill Biographer Jean, Lady Hamilton

“A Vital Medical Contribution by Doctors Vale and Scadding…Unreservedly recommended…The copious index is exemplary, giving the names of diseases and drugs as well as people and places. Finally, one must not forget the 16-page central section of plates on glossy paper. This offers excellent, uncommon photographs of the many physicians mentioned in the text, besides familiar pictures of Churchill. I cannot recommend this book more. No serious Churchill scholar will now be able routinely to quote Lord Moran as the final source on Churchill’s health. On that subject, scholars must henceforth acknowledge the decisive caveats introduced by this fine new work.”

Antoine Capet Co-Editor of Winston Churchill: At War and Thinking of War Antoine Capet Winton Churchill at war and thinking of war before 1939

“In this meticulously researched volume, Allister Vale and John Scadding provide a uniquely comprehensive and readable account of Churchill’s many medical problems, from childhood to his terminal illness, set in the context of his life as one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century. Pneumonia threatened Churchill’s life on several occasions and in his later decades he suffered multiple strokes; his ability to continue in high office during these illnesses was exceptional, aided by some of the most distinguished specialists of their time. Drawing on many medical and non-medical sources, the clinical, political and personal aspects of his many illnesses are woven seamlessly together. A superbly rounded account of the great man emerges in a most engaging narrative.”

Andrew Roberts Andrew Roberts Author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny Churchill: Walking with Destiny

“Vale and Scadding have written the most detailed and definitive account of Churchill’s health with the forensic skills of two distinguished physicians who have mined all available sources and integrated them in the light of both contemporary medical practice and the practice of the early 21st century. The doctors and nurses who attended Churchill come alive. This is far from a medical text book. It exposes the resilience and courage of one man who defied these medical challenges and continued to serve and lead his country until the end of his premiership in 1955.” Excerpted from Blog: Medical Humanities

Adrian Crisp Adrian Crisp Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and Chair, Churchill Archives Committee

“"Winston Churchill’s Illnesses 1886 – 1965: possibly the most-meticulously researched, best-documented and authoritative medical histories of any great figure ever written, certainly of any known to me.”

Adrian Crisp Theodore Dalrymple Takimag

“Much has been written about Churchill’s health and much has been rumour and speculation. This is the definitive work on the subject, written by experts and grounded in the evidence.”

Alan Packwood Allen Packwood OBE Author of How Churchill Waged War How Churchill Waged War

“Absolutely thorough, reliable, wonderfully researched”

Ronald Cohen Ronald Cohen MBE Bibliographer of Sir Winston Churchill Ronald Cohen Bibliographer

“…is the definitive history of Churchill’s health from his first bout of ill-health to his terminal illness…Vale and Scadding are both themselves physicians and their training and experience is evident in the interpretations and judgements made on the medical issues discussed in the volume…the book is extensively researched and well-written…Winston Churchill’s Illnesses 1886-1965 is the authoritative account of the widely discussed subject of Churchill’s medical history." Excerpted from A Blog on Winston Churchill

Ronald Cohen Brad Tolppanen Author of Churchill in North America Ronald Cohen Bibliographer