b.4 August 1905 d.4 January 1964
VRD(1943) BA Cantab(1926) MB BCh Cantab(1931) MD Cantab(1943) MRCS LRCP(1929) MRCP(1932) FRCP(1952)
Henry Hoffman was born in Surbiton, Surrey, the only son of George Spencer Hoffman, an architect and painter, and his wife, Charlotte, the daughter of John Tosh. From Clifton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, he went to St. Thomas’s Hospital. Following house appointments at his parent hospital and the Royal Northern Hospital he returned to St. Thomas’s in 1932 as medical registrar. There his interest in neurology brought him an assistant medical registrarship at the National Hospital, Queen Square, in 1936, and the posts of honorary medical registrar and physician to out-patients at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, where he settled in practice in 1938.
As a critical, meticulous and sympathetic clinician Hoffman was well suited to the disciplines of his specialty, and very quickly gained the love as well as the respect of his colleagues.
While still a student he joined the R.N.V.R. in 1928 as a surgeon sub-lieutenant; in 1939 he became a medical specialist and served at hospitals at Barrow Gurney, Invergordon and Trincomalee. In 1945 he returned to Bath as physician to the Royal United Hospital; later he was appointed to the staff of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases.
Like his grandfather and his father, Hoffman was a distinguished water-colourist, and exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, and the Royal West of England Academy. In 1937 he married Joan Mary, daughter of Charles Tapply.
Richard R Trail
[Brit.med.J., 1964, 1, 184, 379; Lancet, 1964, 1, 177-8.]
(Volume V, page 194)
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