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Kamaluddin Khan

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 27 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1261
  1. Geoff Gill,
  2. Meg Parkes,
  3. Yousuf Khan

Kamaluddin Khan (“Kamal”) was born in Gorakhphur, India, on 5 July 1937. When he was only 8 years old, his father died prematurely, leaving his mother to provide for herself and six children. Kamal was determined to help his family out of poverty—he studied by candlelight and relied on the charity of his extended family to obtain admission to Lucknow Medical College, qualifying in 1960. When the opportunity arose to earn more money in the UK, he left India, leaving his wife and first son, whom he did not see for the following five years. His drive to support them, as well as his mother and siblings, represented a huge personal sacrifice, but …

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