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.
L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)(from Carmen)
- Bizet – Carmen (highlights).
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Rondo - Horn Concerto No 4 in E Flat Major K495
- Mozart Horn Concertos: Dennis Brain / Herbert Von Karajan.
The Lambeth Walk
- Calling All Workers.
A Bar On The Piccola Marina
- The Noel Coward Album.
- SONY MASTERWORKS.
The Red Army Ensemble: Moscow Military District
Patriotic Song: Russian National Anthem
- Red Army Ensemble At The Royal Albert Hall.
Cheek To Cheek
- Fred Astaire: Cheek To Cheek.
Night and Day
- Night and Day.
- EMI Classics.
- The Jessye Norman Collection..
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Hot bath every day with Rose Geranium bath essence by Floris
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