Victor Henry WhebleBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3736 (Published 12 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3736
- Andrew Wheble
Victor won a LCC (London County Council) scholarship to Dulwich College, 1931-8. In July 1934, rising 15, he passed the school certificate with credits in English, maths, and physics. He stayed at school for another four years, where he reorganised the school museum and library. He was a prefect and head of science side. He played cricket for the third XI and was president of the Science and Photographic Society. He developed a lifelong love of cricket.
He went up to Brasenose College, Oxford, as a Hulme exhibitioner, 1938-41. He played hockey, cricket, and squash for the college. Parts 1 and 2 of his medical degree were graded 1st class in 1941, his BA formally being awarded on 7 June 1941. Victor loved his time at Oxford and would have stayed on except he needed to qualify urgently because the second world war was in deadly full swing. Victor proceeded to King’s College Hospital, London, to finish his medical training, where he excelled and won a pathology exhibition and the senior scholarship awarded to the best student in the year.
The war was at its height, and no one knew how long it would last. During the day the hospital had to continue with business as usual. He graduated in 1944. Many evenings there would be up to 80 critically injured people from the Blitz. As one of the senior resident doctors he had to carry out triage. Recently he related with sorrow the case of a man who insisted that Victor attend to his daughter first …