Lives of the fellows

Joseph George Emanuel

b.4 June 1871 d.3 March 1958
BSc Lond(1891) MB BS Lond(1898) MD Lond(1902) Hon MB BCh Birm(1902) MRCS LRCP(1896) MRCP(1902) FRCP(1921)

Joseph George Emanuel, one of the original members of the Cardiac Club, the forerunner of the British Cardiac Society, was born at Birmingham, where his father was the minister of the Hebrew Congregation. From King Edward’s School, where he was a scholar, he entered Queen’s and Mason’s Colleges to study medicine. Following his post as resident medical officer at Victoria Park Hospital he was appointed in 1900 resident pathologist at the General Hospital, and by 1904 was assistant physician to the Queen’s and the Children’s Hospitals of Birmingham. In 1920 he was made honorary physician to the former.

During World War I he served in France as a captain, R.A.M.C. His interest in cardiology then became evident, for in 1925, five years before his appointment as joint professor of medicine at Birmingham, he chose the subject of auricular fibrillation for his Ingleby lecture. In 1932 he was president of the Midland Medical Society and in 1939 was elected president of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland.

Although diffident and humble in manner Emanuel was a forceful teacher, eager to help his students, and a patient listener to every viewpoint contrary to his own. He had great physical energy up to his last years, for he had been a member of the Midland Association of Mountaineers from his early days and had climbed extensively in North Wales, the Alps and the Pyrenees.

In 1908 he married Ethel, daughter of Alfred Wolff, of London. Their only child, Richard, became a London physician and a Member of the College.

Richard R Trail

[Brit. Heart J., 1958, 20, 579-81 (p); Brit.med.J., 1958, 1, 648; Lancet, 1958, 1, 595-6; Times, 5 Mar. 1958.]

(Volume V, page 122)

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