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Video clip: Richard explains that he was fortunate that his research interests were not too limited by his diabetes

I think the biggest effect it's had on me as an Egyptologist is when I was a graduate student, I went for fieldwork - the diabetes, it turned out, couldn't easily cope. And I was sort of hospitalised in Egypt. And so that means I, I really am based very much in museum collections, rather than working archaeologically. Which of course is what everybody expects Egyptologists to do. So in that sense it, it has had quite a dramatic impact on the direction my career took. Having said that, because I work on Egyptian texts, which are - a lot of them are already in museum collections - it hasn't sort of been too catastrophic. But obviously it's a very important factor. It does limit the sort of things I try to do.

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