Event: Roald Dahl and the Big Friendly Neuroscientist

Wednesday 8 February 2017, 18:00 – 20:00.

Royal College Of Physicians, 11 Saint Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE

Roald Dahl occupies a special place in the heart of generations of children as creator of such classic works as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, MatildaGeorge’s Marvellous Medicine and The BFG.

Many adults are just as likely to be familiar with his macabre short stories, such as the chilling Lamb to the Slaughter, so memorably collected and dramatized as Tales of The Unexpected. True fans will know that he was the screenwriter behind the musical extravaganza Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, both based on works by Ian Fleming. Yet few readers and viewers, even the most ardent fans, are aware of Dahl’s fascination for medicine.

As a junior doctor in Oxford, Tom Solomon looked after the world-famous author whilst he was undergoing treatment for leukaemia. They became friends and Dahl regaled Solomon with accounts of his extraordinary medical encounters – but were they true or was he just telling tall tales?

Twenty-five years after Dahl’s death, Solomon finally got round to investigating. Whilst writing his book Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine, Solomon was amazed to find the truth behind Dahl’s claims, and discover how, uncannily, much of his own clinical neuroscience research was in areas of interest to Dahl.

Join Professor Solomon for this special event to find out more about his discoveries and examine Roald Dahl’s life and literature from a new perspective, considering how hope overcame fear.

Tom Solomon, is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool. His research focuses on emerging infections of the brain in the UK and globally. He was awarded the Royal College of Physicians Linacre Lectureship in 2006, and Moxon Medal in 2014.

This event is free. Registration and further information here.


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