bmj;379/nov11_6/o2662/FAF1faKia Soong Tan worked as a consultant respiratory physician at University Hospital Wishaw, Lanarkshire, for 20 years.Soong was born in Taiping, Malaysia, and after his primary schooling there attended Fettes College in Edinburgh for his secondary education. He was one of a long line of doctors in his family; his grandfather was among the first medical students from (what at that time was) Malaya to train in Edinburgh in the 1920s. Following in his footsteps, Soong’s father, brother, and sister became doctors. Soong, and his brother and sister continued the Scottish connection, all studying medicine at the University of Glasgow. It was at university that Soong met Linda, a fellow medical student, who became his wife of 26 years.After a medical training rotation in Glasgow, Soong worked as a respiratory research fellow at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. In 1999 he graduated with an MD from the University of Glasgow after…

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