Prof. Michael Baum MB, ChB, FRCS, ChM, Hon MD Gothenburg Sweden, Hon FRCR Qualified MB ChB University of Birmingham 1960 Current positions: Professor Emeritus of Surgery, and visiting Prof. of Medical Humanities, University College London. Previous appointments Professor of Surgery Kings College London 1980-1990, Director of Cancer Research Campaign, Clinical Trials Centre 1980-1995, Professor of Surgery Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research 1990-1996, Professor of Surgery University College London (UCL) 1996-2002. Foundation editor in chief of the International Journal of surgery 1996-2010.
After retirement from his clinical chair of surgery he helped develop a curriculum in 'Medical Humanities' for undergraduates at UCL and was rewarded with the title of 'visiting professor of medical humanities' at his University. In this capacity he taught scientific and moral philosophy, the arts, history and literature as applied to the practice of medicine.
Publications: Over 500 papers on cancer in general, cancer screening, breast cancer, philosophy of science and medical humanities
Memoirs; Breast beating: one man's odyssey in the search for the understanding of breast cancer, the meaning of life and other easy questions. Anshan publishers 2010, short listed for the People's book prize 2011
Essays on philosophy and the humanities, The Scepticaemic Surgeon", NOVA publishers, New York, 2015. A novel linked to my interest in Biblical Archaeology in 2018.
Aaron's Road, A thriller links to Biblical archaeology, Matador, 2017
The History and Mystery of Breast Cancer, a book for medical generalists and the lay public, Cambridge Scholars pub, 2019
The Nile Delta Mystery, a thriller reimagining the Exodus from Egypt, Wipf & Stock pub, 2021
New book, "The class of 1960" is on its way