The Curse of Icarus

The publisher at Routledge snapped up the book after she spent all night reading the manuscript. Before I had sent it off, I contacted the medical faculty at University of Oxford for appraisal. Within three weeks, I heard from the Regius Professor of Medicine, Sir David Weatherall, who apologised for scribbling over the manuscript and asked the Professor of Cardiology to do the same.

But being Oxford, there was hidden agenda. Sir David was a haematologist and whenever he had contacted the medical directors of airlines about blood clots, he was palmed off. I hit pay dirt when I discovered IATA’s medical manual which showed that Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) was a big problem for passengers.