Edward Somerset Short

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 13 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5953
  1. Michael E Jones

Edward Somerset Short’s undergraduate medical training was interrupted by pulmonary tuberculosis After house officer posts, he worked at Winsley TB sanatorium and as a GP. He was a committed Christian, and in 1951 he and his wife, Mary, went to work at Bethesda Leprosy Hospital, Narsapur, in south India, where he became an innovative leprosy surgeon, learning from the great Paul Brand at Vellore. The couple’s time in India was marked by personal tragedy: they lost a newborn son, Andrew; and a daughter, Lindsay, succumbed to gastroenteritis at 6 years of age, in 1971.

Edward and Mary returned to the UK in 1976, and he was invited to join a practice in Sandbach, Cheshire, from which he retired at the age of 70. He had already been ordained and became the minister of Castle Combe Congregational Church, finally retiring at 86 years. He was predeceased by Mary and leaves two children, Ruth and James; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5953


  • General practitioner Sandbach, Cheshire (b 1919; q Bristol University 1944), died from bronchopneumonia and dementia on 1 August 2015.

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