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Jane Somerville

Emeritus Professor and cardiologist Jane Somerville is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the cardiologist Jane Somerville.

Now an Emeritus Professor in her discipline at Imperial College London she's gained a worldwide reputation for her pioneering work on congenital heart disease.

She began studying medicine in the early 1950s when only a very few women were admitted through the doors of medical school. Since then she's been responsible for ground-breaking advances in cardiovascular treatment and founded the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology.

She had something of a role model in her mother, a hard-working, clever, successful woman too. Her early years as a pupil at a boys' school in Wales must also have prepared her for making her way in such a heavily male-dominated profession.

She has a reputation for being straight-talking, and her late husband used to urge her to be more "prudent", but, she says, "it wasn't fun to be prudent: it was much more fun to be mafioso and naughty."

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 12 Jul 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • Georges Bizet

    L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)(from Carmen)

    • Bizet – Carmen (highlights).
    • RCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo - Horn Concerto No 4 in E Flat Major K495

    • Mozart Horn Concertos: Dennis Brain / Herbert Von Karajan.
    • EMI.
  • Lupino Lane

    The Lambeth Walk

    • Calling All Workers.
    • CONIFER.
  • Noël Coward

    A Bar On The Piccola Marina

    • The Noel Coward Album.
  • The Red Army Ensemble: Moscow Military District

    Patriotic Song: Russian National Anthem

    • Red Army Ensemble At The Royal Albert Hall.
    • ARIOLA.
  • Fred Astaire

    Cheek To Cheek

    • Fred Astaire: Cheek To Cheek.
    • CONIFER.
  • Thomas Hampson

    Night and Day

    • Night and Day.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Richard Strauss


      • The Jessye Norman Collection..
      • Philips.
      • 4228932.
  • Book Choice

    • The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • Luxury Choice

    • Hot bath every day with Rose Geranium bath essence by Floris


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Jane Somerville
Producer Cathy Drysdale


  • Sun 7 Jul 2013 11:15
  • Fri 12 Jul 2013 09:00

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