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Medical school (Part 2)


Medical school (Part 1)
David Weatherall Scientist
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But in the first year, because I’d not done botany, you had to do botany in those days to be a doctor. Oh, to match the zoology you’d done, or something- So I had to spend a year at Liverpool doing botany and I did, I attended the English courses that year, and some organic chemistry, but the, it was an interesting time, because a lot of the people who’d been through the war were just finishing medical school, and they didn’t give a damn actually, how long it took them. There were chaps who’d been there about ten years, however there was no failing you, throwing you out if you failed, you just went on and on, so it wasn’t a very intellectual atmosphere, I must say.

British Scientist Sir David Weatherall (1933-2018) was a world renowned expert on blood diseases, in particular thalassaemias, and used his expertise to help control and prevent these diseases in developing countries. He founded the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford in 1989 and was knighted in 1987.

Listeners: Marcus Pembrey

Marcus Pembrey, now Emeritus, was Professor of Paediatric Genetics at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and consultant clinical geneticist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children London. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Bristol UK, where he was the Director of Genetics within the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children until 2006. A past president of the European Society of Human Genetics, he is also the founding Chairman of the Progress Educational Trust.

Duration: 43 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2007

Date story went live: 02 June 2008