Troubador My Life, Clinician, Researcher, Campaigner

Released: 28/04/2021

ISBN: 9781800462779

eISBN: 9781800469945

Format: Paperback/eBook

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My Life, Clinician, Researcher, Campaigner


A record of life for those that come after, My Life, Clinician, Researcher, Campaigner is Robert Elkeles' life story up to present day. Written with detail and some gentle humour, Robert describes his early life, from childhood through school medical school life as a junior doctor and then consultant. Remarking on how things have changed and the similarities that medical professionals will still see today, the story continues into retirement.  

This is, ultimately, a life story and there is plenty of life within the pages. Robert confesses to the reader how shy he was at school contrasting with how he was then able to campaign in his hospital and outside against changes in health care which he thought were damaging. He deals with some of the upsides and downsides of private medical practice, as well as his research into the complications of diabetes and how he raised the money to undertake this. Away from his profession, he relates how he dealt with a sister with learning difficulties and how his successful and happy marriage both came about and has stayed together. Ultimately, the reader is left contemplating the state of today and how we can progress from here. Because after all, the voice of experience is a voice we should listen to. An ideal read for anyone looking to be lost in an interesting life story.

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Robert Elkeles

Robert was born in 1942 in London, the son of refugee parents from Germany. He went to the Hall Prep school and then Highgate. He studied medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. After qualification he did his house jobs in London. After a year at the Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford working for Sir George Pickering he returned to London as registrar to the endocrine Unit at the. Hammersmith Hospital. Thereafter he went to the medical in Unit in Cardiff as a Medical Research Council Fellow and lecturer in medicine. In 1974 he was appointed consultant physician at Northwick Hospital and Clinical Research Centre in Harrow. In 1978 he moved to St Mary's Hospital in London as consultant in General Medicine and Diabetes. He carried out research into the causes of arterial disease in Diabetes and its early detection. He campaigned against the shortages in health care in London in the early 80's and then against so the called internal market introduced by the Thatcher government, He is an enthusiastic, rather than proficient, cellist having started aged 59 and plays in local groups. He is a keen cyclist. In retirement he has been involved in hospice care and chairs a local hospital charity. He has been happily married Arran since 1971 and they have two children Daniel and Jenny.

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