David Arthur Conn

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1962
  1. Alan G Conn,
  2. I Graeme Conn

David Arthur Conn was the son of a general practitioner and a teacher. At the age of 8 he developed exertional chest pain, and his father, Ian (see obituary:, diagnosed aortic stenosis. Cardiac catheterisation in Glasgow revealed a complex aortic root hypoplasia. At the National Heart Hospital, under the care of Jane Sommerville and Donald Ross, David underwent aortoplasty and later, an aortic homograft. A second homograft was required in his late teens when the first graft calcified.

With remarkable strength of character, David turned a childhood of …

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