Francis, Gavin

Gavin Francis

Elected: 2023

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Gavin Francis’s books explore aspects of travel and medicine, and include Empire Antarctica, Adventures in Human Being, Island Dreams, and Sir Thomas Browne. He qualified in medicine in 1999, and works as a general practitioner in Edinburgh, where he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He has lectured on the synergies between medicine and literature in Lahore, Moscow, New York and Jerusalem, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the London Review of Books.

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