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Ellis Jacob Epstein

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 23 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5948
  1. David R Ramsdale

Ellis Jacob Epstein was born to Dora and Charles Epstein, who lived in Broughton, Salford. He had an older sister, Evelyn, and a younger brother, Bernard. He went to school locally and after attending Salford Grammar School gained a place at Manchester University Medical School. After his house jobs at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Crumpsall Hospital, he entered the Royal Navy as surgeon lieutenant between 1951 and 1953. On completion of his national service, Ellis continued his general medical training at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary (1954-5) before gaining medical registrar posts in Withington Hospital, south Manchester, and the London Chest Hospital (1955-7), achieving his MRCP (Edinburgh and London) in 1956. In 1959 Ellis gained a senior registrar post at the Liverpool regional cardiac centre at Sefton General Hospital, where his career in cardiology really began. In 1962 he went to Victor McKusick’s unit at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where he was awarded their fellowship in medicine in 1963. Here he worked with J Michael Criley himself an expert in cardiac haemodynamics and cardiac auscultation, at a time when cineangiography was becoming the technique for studying and diagnosing cardiac disease.

In 1962, Ellis was awarded his MD from Manchester University. His thesis on aortic stenosis correlated the symptoms, physical signs, chest x-ray, and ECG findings with those from carotid pulse wave morphology, apex cardiography, phonocardiography, and ultimately cardiac catheterisation, aiming to provide a reliable, non-invasive assessment of the severity …

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