Former GP Dr Ann McPherson wins lifetime achievement award

Former GP Dr Ann McPherson has won a lifetime achievement award for her work promoting public understanding of health.

Dr McPherson was awarded the accolade by members of the Medical Journalists Association at its annual award ceremony last week.

She was praised for her contributions to ‘health storytelling’ and improving public understanding of health and illness.

Her best known book, Diary of a Teenage Health Freak, which was co-authored with Dr Aidan McFarlane, sold over a million copies and was made into two award-winning television series.

Dr McPherson cofounded the charity DIPEx in 2001, and helped establish and, which host video clips of people’s experiences of illness.

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