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This website presents 100 audio interviews with people with diabetes, members of their families and healthcare professionals.
  New interviews, with family members and healthcare professionals, have been added to the original interviews with people with diabetes. The original interviews can still be found easily by clicking on the menu above or button below.

They talk with passion and humour about their experiences from the late 1920s until the first decade of the 21st century and provide a unique oral history of life with diabetes and changes in treatment over eight decades. 

Their stories are offered as a resource for historians, healthcare professionals, people with diabetes and their families, and all those interested in the ways people remember and make sense of their lives. This resource is available free, but by using this site you are agreeing to our terms of use.  

We provide full unedited recordings, short audio samples, written summaries, full transcripts, an inter-active database, and facilities to search for words, phrases and subjects. The menu also includes a glossary and a page of items provided by the interviewees (Extras).

The transcripts contain notes of slips of the tongue and other mistakes and omissions, but we recommend listening to the voices too, because accents, intonations and emphases convey more than writing.

The website is based at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) and was funded by the Wellcome Trust. It has won Oxford University's 'IT in Teaching and Learning Award' and been chosen by the Wellcome Trust as a 'Research Highlight

Getting Started
The interviews are divided into three categories.  If you want to search one of these and read an introduction to it, then click on your chosen category below.

Interview (random selection)

Born in Blackridge, West Lothian in 1925.
Occupation: Dietitian

Overview: Elizabeth Wilson trained at the Edinburgh College of Domestic Science and then taught for six years at a school in Leith. In 1952, she heard that dietetics was `an up-and-coming profession` and embarked on an eighteen-month training course in the School of Dietetics at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. From 1954 to 1958 she was a ‘Social Dietitian`, working in the Infirmary`s diabetic clinics in the mornings and doing home visits in the afternoons. She was the Infirmary`s Chief Dietitian from 1964 to 1979, before becoming District Dietitian, responsible for six hospitals including the Infirmary, from 1979 until she retired in 1985.

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