Memoirs of a Medical Maverick


Meet The Author

Professor Risteárd Mulcahy was head of the cardiology department and the heart disease research unit at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. He was president of the Irish Medical Association, and one of the founders of the Irish Heart Association. Risteárd devoted much of his professional life researching the causes of coronary heart disease and was active in the prevention of heart disease through healthy eating, regular aerobic exercise and the control of cigarette smoking. He had a long-term interest in the health service in Ireland. Risteárd practised what he preached: he ran his first marathon at the age of sixty-one.

This is the autobiography of one of the most renowned and ground-breaking physicians Ireland has ever produced, Risteárd Mulcahy — internationally-renowned cardiologist and health campaigner, researcher, historian, exercise enthusiast and environmentalist.

Medical Maverick offers a unique and often surprising insight into the rich, varied and extraordinary life of one of the most prominent, respected and outspoken medical men in Ireland. As the son of a well-known politician and national military hero, some might think Risteárd Mulcahy’s life would have been one of comfort and privilege — but they’d be wrong.

A refreshingly candid memoir, Medical Maverick charts the personal and professional life of a true Irish progressive. Risteárd revisits his childhood in Rathmines (complete with cows, chickens and armed guards outside the family home), his fast times as a young doctor in London, his early career delivering babies in some of Dublin’s worst slums, the breakdown of his marriage and his eminent career in cardiology and high-profile health campaigner as one of the first anti-smoking advocates in the country.

What emerges perhaps more than anything is the way Risteárd has lived a free, liberal and progressive life — which may not have always been the easiest option, considering the general climate of fifties and sixties Ireland, but undoubtedly proved to be the most varied and fulfilling.

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