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Oscar William Hill

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 14 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o33
  1. Sarah Williams

Oscar William Hill grew up in the Jewish East End of London in the 1930s; during the war he was evacuated to Cambridgeshire. He was the first member of his family to go to university and was accepted by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, to study medicine after completing his national service. He loved Caius and repaid the trust the admissions tutor had shown in him by gaining a first.

Oscar went to the Middlesex Hospital for his clinical studies, where, in addition to learning a great deal of medicine, he taught himself to swim in the nurses’ pool and learned to carve a turkey while on the wards at Christmas. Both these skills …

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