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Medical education (Part 2)


Medical education (Part 1)
David Weatherall Scientist
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I suppose thinking about the future, one of the issues that bothers me most at the moment is the kind of young people that will, we will have to educate to take all these extraordinary possibilities forward, and one of, my problem is that whenever I get involved with anything to do with education, or medical education, I always get into trouble. I mean, it’s always been very simple to me. When I look back on my best teachers, they were people who just took a lot of trouble to teach, I mean, they turned up and they, they would, they had the few that, in my day, had so little humility, so that you could question, I mean, in the early days I nearly stopped doing medicine at one time, it was so pompous and you could never question anything, particularly surgeons. But the, and I had a very bad experience, I think it was the first time I was ever asked to publish publicly and pronounce on education, I got a request from "The Lancet" in the, I guess it was in the mid '80s.

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: 1 minute, 11 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2007

Date story went live: 02 June 2008