Due to degradation of the original recording it was not possible to retrieve the full video from this interview and therefore it is presented as audio only.



Dr Iain MacLaren is a surgeon who acted as Secretary of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for five years from 1972 to 1977 and Vice-President from 1983 to 1986. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1949, MacLaren was instrumental in the development of the triple-licentiate exam proffered by three Scottish medical colleges: the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of Edinburgh and Anderson and St Mungo’s in Glasgow. In his later career, MacLaren was President of the Professional Linguistics Assessment Board of the General Medical Council. Since retiring, MacLaren has donated two items to the RCPE Archives – boxes containing the records of the Medico-Chirurgical Club (DEP/MEC; OBJ/11/42).


  • Date of interview: 2003
  • Archive reference: OBJ/ORA/1/25
  • Interviewer: Morrice McCrae


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