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Born in India in 1945.
Occupation: GP Hospital practitioner

Overview: Ali Zafar qualified in India in 1967 and came to England in 1970. He began to specialise in diabetes when he worked as a registrar at East Birmingham hospital (now Heartlands) from 1972 to 1975. He became a GP in an inner-city practice in 1975, but continued to work at the hospital diabetic clinic, first as a clinical assistant and then as a hospital practitioner, until he retired in 2006. Both the hospital and his surgery were in areas with a high percentage of Asian people. He first produced an Asian diet sheet in the early 1970s.

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Here you can listen to 30 healthcare professionals - doctors, nurses, dietitians, podiatrists and one lay educator recalling memories of every aspect of their working lives. They talk about their relationships with patients and colleagues as well as changes in treatment, technology, and the health service. The earliest memory is from 1940 and the most recent from 2008.

The interviewees include some pioneers in diabetes care, but also those who had little specialist knowledge to match the wide range of care described by people with diabetes who had already been recorded for this website.

Some of the people with diabetes describe being treated by pioneers such as R.D. Lawrence, co-founder of the British Diabetic Association, but others were treated by people who were not specialists, including family doctors (GPs) who had rarely encountered diabetes. Our aim was to choose interviewees who would represent the variety of care provided over a period of nearly 70 years.

Those who had already written about their work were asked to provide a selection of up to 12 of their publications. (Click on Publications on their individual page.) However, these interviews are not primarily about scientific developments already well documented, but rather about how these developments affected or did not affect - the daily lives of healthcare professionals and their patients.

(In addition to 25 interviews that are mainly about professional experience, we have included in this section 2 interviews with people with diabetes and 3 with family members who have also been involved in diabetes care.)
 
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