Embarking on a Career in Medicine: Seeking Love and Compassion as His Father Would Have Wished

Following Richard's death, the Junod family moved to Jeanne's hometown of Geneva where Marcel attended public high school. It was there that he polished his language skills. And it is no exaggeration to say that the excellent communication skills he later put to such good use were developed during these years.

Marcel studied with the aim of one day helping others. In addition to languages such as Latin and Italian, he also diligently studied chemistry and biology. He no doubt was influenced by the example of his parents, who never hesitated to help those in need.

In 1922, at the age of 18, Marcel headed up a relief movement to aid Russian children suffering from famine. His humanitarianism and philanthropy, which led him to extend a loving hand to those who were persecuted or in need, had their beginnings then. In 1923 Marcel earned his baccalaureate in languages, including German and English, and in 1929 he earned a degree in medicine from the Collge de Gen
ve (now Collge Calvin).

In 1931, at the age of 27, Marcel went to work as an intern in the surgical ward of the municipal hospital in Mulhouse, France, near the border with Switzerland. Soon thereafter he was licensed as a surgeon. He was a kind doctor who put his skills to use helping those in need. His excellence as a doctor is evidenced by the fact that in 1935 he was made chief of the surgical ward at the young age of 31.

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