Obituaries

David Somerset Short

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7503.1333 (Published 02 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1333

Cardiologist who gave one of the earliest descriptions of the sick sinus syndrome and who fostered the spiritual life in hospitals

As well as carrying out seminal clinical research, the cardiologist David Short was remarkable for the strongly pastoral element he brought to patient care. A deeply committed Christian, and for many years a church elder, he jointly began weekly church services in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Woodend Hospital in 1964. On Sunday afternoons he could often be seen wheeling patients down hospital corridors to services as well as leading worship and preaching.


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David's interest in fostering the spiritual life in hospitals ensured that the newest wing of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary had a 90 seat chapel included in its construction plan, where none had previously been considered. He was chairman of the executive committee, and later president, of the Christian Medical Fellowship. His …

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