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1. Why did you decide
to study medicine?
I was always fascinated by science
and nature, perhaps in part due to
my father being a scientist. However,
I could not envisage myself in a lab.
I wanted to understand the world
around me, but apply it directly.
Medicine seemed the obvious path.
2. What made you pursue
Neurology has always been
surrounded by a degree of mystery.
Some of that has been cultivated
by neurologists, who enjoy being
perceived as being ‘practitioners
of the dark arts’, but ultimately the
brain and how it functions remains
relatively unknown. I have always
been amazed by how, essentially,
a kilo of fatty tissue defines who
we are, what we feel, what we
experience and what we know.
3. What is the most
rewarding part of your job?
The diagnostic challenge has always
been thoroughly enjoyable, and
necessitates us getting to know
our patients well. Neurology has
changed dramatically over the last
twenty years or so, and is no longer
a specialty that can be accused of
having a thousand diagnoses and
only one treatment (steroids). The
diagnostic challenge has now been
joined by the therapeutic challenge,
particularly in my sub-specialties of
epilepsy and sleep neurology.
4. What do you enjoy doing
in your spare time?
My spare time seems to be taken
up entirely by my young children,
but when I have the opportunity,
I enjoy films, cycling and learning
5. What is the title of your
‘best read’ so far?
I really enjoyed ‘The Magus’ by
John Fowles, a dark exploration
of the manipulation of the human
mind. It was written in the sixties,
and has aged a little, but remains a
thoroughly interesting read.
6. If you could invite three
people to dinner, living or
dead, who would they be?
I suppose the ultimate goals in life
are supreme happiness, success
and health. So, to get some tips,
Buddha, Bill Gates and Maimonides.
Maimonides would be interesting
from an historical, as well as a
medical point of view.
7. What is special about
where you grew up?
For fear of incurring the wrath of the
North, nothing much! I was brought
up in Cheshire, and went to school
in Manchester. My recollection is of
rain and grey, although the school
was fantastic. However, as a young
child I lived in a small village in
the Black Forest, and have lovely
memories of hot sunshine, the smell
of pine and very tasty cakes.
8. Where is your favourite
place in the world?
The hills north of Seville, on a
summer evening, watching the sun
set over the cork forests, preferably
with a glass of Rioja in my hand.
9. Who would you get to
play yourself in a movie?
I think pretty much every male
doctor says George Clooney. So,
George Clooney. I would like to
imagine that this is because I look
like him, but in reality, it is because
he is equally swarthy.
Dr Leschziner graduated from
Oxford and London. After general
medical training in London, he
completed a PhD in the genetics
of epilepsy and drug treatment at
Imperial College London, and the
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
His neurology training was
completed at the National Hospital
for Neurology and Neurosurgery,
Queen Square, Charing Cross and
Guy’s & St Thomas’ hospitals.
Dr Leschziner works as a Consultant
Neurologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’
Hospital, within the Department of
Neurology and the Sleep Disorders
Centre, undertaking clinics in general
neurology, epilepsy, sleep disorders,
and neurocutaneous syndromes.
Dr Guy Leschziner
MA PhD MRCP
Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital
Secretary: Mrs Hazel Evans
T: 020 7234 2059
F : 020 7234 2841
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