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Sir Marcus Setchell

Why medicine? “I probably first became interested in medicine as a career when I had a prolonged stay in hospital at the age of 13. I was fascinated not so much by medicine itself as the routines of ward rounds and hospital, the personnel and the other patients. Then at senior school I had particularly inspiring teachers of biology and found it the most interesting of the sciences and so medicine seemed the obvious practical application.


As a child my first experience in pregnancy and birth was my father’s pig farm where the mother often gave birth to 12 or 13 piglets! If the mother couldn’t cope with them all, we would take a few home to be bottle fed.”