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David Barrington Shaw

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 10 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4150
  1. Brian J Kirby

We readily forget travel problems once posed to rural patients with complex cardiac problems. David Barrington Shaw, who died on 15 March 2019, brought specialist cardiology to those who lived in the south west peninsula of England.

David Shaw was born in Barnstaple, north Devon. After his early schooling, he attended Oundle School and then entered Charing Cross Hospital Medical School. He was regarded as a sound student, making good progress, which was unfortunately interrupted by tuberculosis. This was particularly tiresome as he had just acquired a small boat but was told not to sail it. Fortunately within six months he had recovered from this setback. On qualifying in 1952, he took appointments at Charing Cross and associated hospitals. In 1956 he took the membership exam but, unsure whether he would pass it, he immediately took the train to Edinburgh as an insurance—thereby passing both examinations in the same year. He then took medical registrar appointments at Carshalton and Chase Farm hospitals. His interests in heart and …

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