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One Man’s Medicine: An Autobiography of Professor Archie Cochrane

To celebrate the centenary of Professor Archie Cochrane's birth, the University published a special version of ‘One Man’s Medicine: An Autobiography of Professor Archie Cochrane’ by Archibald L. Cochrane with Max Blythe.

In ‘One man’s medicine’, Professor Cochrane (1909-1988) recollects how events and experiences in the Spanish Civil War and in German prisoner of war camps, among many others, led him to question traditional medical attitudes and champion an evidence-based, evaluative approach to medicine and healthcare.

Thorn in the side of the medical establishment, pioneering epidemiologist, academic, poet, traveller, art collector and convivial host are just some dimensions of a fascinating and influential life vividly recalled in ‘One man’s medicine’ and now available, for the first time, in paperback.

Buy the book

You can purchase a copy of Professor Cochrane's autobiography directly from the University libraries:

  • Price: £14.99
  • Please ensure that you add the appropriate postage and packing costs to your order. UK: £2.25, Europe: £4.00, rest of world: £7.45

To order your copy, please complete the order form:

Order form for 'One man's medicine'

Complete the form to order your copy of Professor Archie Cochrane's autobiography, 'One man's medicine'.

Payment can be made by credit/debit card (excluding American Express and NatWest SOLO) or cheque (made payable to 'Cardiff University'). Please return your completed order form to

If you prefer to use hard copy, or are paying by cheque, please return to Lindsay Roberts, Health Library, Cochrane Building, Cardiff University, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YU.

Please note: For payment completed by credit/debit card, we can only deliver to the cardholder address. If paying by cheque, please include a delivery address and contact details with your order.

  • Publication May 2009
  • 303 pages, 14 plates, 16 figures
  • ISBN: 978-0-9540884-3-9
  • Features original Foreword by Sir Richard Doll CH FRS and additional material by Sir Richard Peto FRS and Sir Iain Chalmers

The Archie Cochrane Library, based at University Hospital Llandough, houses the Cochrane Archive – a comprehensive record of Professor Cochrane’s life, work and achievements.