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Helen Clare Underhill

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 27 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4980
  1. Laura de Rooy,
  2. Anne Wright

Helen Clare Underhill was born in Libya, the oldest of three children. The family were forced to leave the country with the accession of Colonel Gaddafi to power, but returned to the Middle East shortly thereafter. Helen was educated in Oman and England. She announced her decision to become a doctor at the age of 8—and worked singlemindedly to achieve this goal, excelling at school and extracurricular activities. She studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, graduating in 1989. House jobs at Barts and in Brighton followed, after which Helen started her paediatric training. Throughout this time, she followed her other passions: travel and people. It was during her travels to interesting and far way places that she met her husband, Powell Ettinger, who shared her passion and went on, in Helen’s own …

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