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Diseases of the Heart and Circulation

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 20 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2125
  1. Benoy N Shah, specialist registrar in cardiology, Poole General Hospital, Poole, Dorset
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    As a senior house officer at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 2005 I came across several exceptionally detailed records of examination findings dating back to the 1950s. These entries were by the late Paul Wood. My subsequent inquiries helped me discover Diseases of the Heart and Circulation, the legacy of one of the greatest names of British cardiology.

    Born in India in 1907, Wood attended medical school in Melbourne, Australia. He was house physician at the Royal Brompton before becoming a consultant in the late 1940s. Wood was a master of clinical cardiology, renowned for his extraordinary bedside examination skills and diagnostic …

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