In the book ‘‘Confessions of a Surgeon’’ published on Monday, Dr Mair devotes a section to his time as a GP in the town between 1953 and 1964.
He writes of neighbours indulging in wife swapping, patients faking illness to avoid work, upper crust girls operating as prostitutes, a docker involved in the drugs black market, a trade union leader who threatened to blacklist his practice, a company boss being blackmailed to reveal industrial secrets and a local politician who refused to allow his son to be certified.
This week, at his Polmont home, Dr Mair emphasised: ‘‘The people I had in mind were only a minority.
‘‘I had a great affection and respect for an enormous amount of people in the practice and this is something I still treasure.’’
His lurid account of Grangemouth’s seedy side brought a counterblast from Provost Tom Simpson who said: ‘‘I’m flabbergasted by these statements!’’