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Reading Medicine in Twentieth Century England

Within a week of ‘going up’ to Cambridge to read Medicine, Kay switched to the less arduous Natural Sciences course. He would instead follow the footsteps of Crick and Watson who had so effortlessly cracked the genetic code.

Thus began an odyssey of marches and sit-ins before he narrowly reattached himself to Medicine.

The first part of this memoir tells his passage from schooling in Hong Kong and England, through the transformative gap year, to undergraduate life at Churchill College, Cambridge.

The second part recounts his early experience in, among others, London’s Guy’s, Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s, Hong Kong’s Queen Mary, Boston’s Beth Israel, Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, and in a refugee camp for Vietnamese ‘Boat People’ in Hong Kong.

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