b.1876-7 d.25 March 1942
BSc Lond(1899) MD DSc MRCS FRCP(1919) LLB
David de Souza, whose family was of Portuguese origin, was born at Falmouth, Jamaica, and educated at York Castle School on the Island. From there he won a scholarship to University College, London, where he graduated as B.Sc, with first-class honours, in 1899 and qualified in medicine four years later. His resident appointments were at University College Hospital, St. Mary’s Islington Infirmary, the Hospital for Sick Children and the Westminster Hospital, and he was also demonstrator of physiology at Sheffield University for a brief time. His principal connection was with the Westminster Hospital, where he was elected assistant physician in 1912, physician in 1918 and consulting physician in 1938, but he was also lecturer on physiology at King’s College till 1928. He served as a major in the 4th London General Hospital during the War of 1914-1918. He helped to edit the second edition (1921) of W. Lyle’s Manual of Physiology, and examined for the Conjoint Board and for London and Liverpool Universities. Formal in manner, de Souza was, nevertheless, a popular and able teacher. Ever keen to increase his general knowledge he was called to the Bar in 1937 and went on to prepare for the LL.B. examinations. Among his interests were acting, music — he was an accomplished pianist — and literature. De Souza, who was married, died in the Westminster Hospital.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1942; B.M.J., 1942; Westminster Hospital Gazette, Apr. 1942, 50]
(Volume IV, page 563)
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