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Declan started a music degree before deciding to become a surgeon. However, as he often operates on patients with throat problems, neither Declan's music knowledge or what he learned during his physics A-Level goes to waste.

"I found A-level physics quite hard, but with hindsight I'm glad I did it. During my music degree, my knowledge of acoustics - particularly how sound is produced - helped me understand how the human voice works. If you haven't got a background in physics it can be difficult to understand things like frequency, pitch and harmonics." Physics also comes in useful now that he is a surgeon. "I use lasers most weeks, and having knowledge of how they work helps," he says. "Lasers are a very powerful tool and have made a huge difference to how we treat cancers."


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