Obituary

Walter Somerville

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7517.639 (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:639

Leading cardiologist and former editor of Heart

Walter Somerville assisted at the UK's first cardiac catheterisation, performed by Paul Wood in 1948. For 20 years he edited the British Heart Journal, now simply Heart. He was consultant cardiologist at Harefield Hospital and the Middlesex Hospital, and senior lecturer at the Middlesex for 25 years, and was crucial to the success of cardiac surgery at both centres.

During the second world war he worked on chemical and biological weaponry, and remained on related committees for 20 years afterwards.

Walter Somerville was born in Dublin. From the Jesuit Belvedere College he went to …

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