Lives of the fellows

George Richard William Neal Luntz

b.31 December 1915 d.10 September 1975
MRCS LRCP(1942) MRCP(1950) FRCP(1972)

George Luntz was born in South Africa. He first worked as a journalist and then started as a medical student at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He came to Guy’s Hospital for his clinical studies. After doing junior appointments there, he worked at Preston Hall Hospital, Maidstone, where he developed his interest in chest diseases. He went to Birmingham in 1951 as consultant chest physician and medical superintendent at Romsley Hill Hospital, a post which he held until his death; he was also a consultant at the Birmingham Chest Clinic.

His gift for teaching was recognised by the Department of Medicine, University of Birmingham, and in 1967 he was given an honorary post as lecturer; he made full use of this link with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and was a regular attender at the physicians’ meetings. He was later given an honorary contract as consultant physician in diseases of the chest to the United Birmingham Hospitals. He was also an authority on diabetes and a member of the executive council of the British Diabetic Association for over 25 years. He visited Poland in 1961 as a British Council lecturer. He wrote numerous articles on topics relating to these two specialities.

As a student at Guy’s, Luntz was athletic and good at boxing. This interest in sport continued and resulted in his becoming known as a specialist in sports medicine; he wrote on this topic, especially giving advice to diabetics. He also served as medical officer to the Amateur Boxing Association, to the Amateur Athletics Association and British Athletics Board.

He was known for his plain honesty, kindness and untiring hard work, and had a good sense of humour. He was of immense help as a clinical colleague and teacher, and his manner to patients was perfect. It is remarkable that he achieved so much. He had to struggle against continuous ill health: extensive tuberculosis in the days before anti-tuberculous drugs and severe diabetes all his life. In both of these fields he became a master and achieved a well-deserved reputation. In addition to all this he brought up two charming daughters single-handed, one of whom trained as a doctor.

Clifford Hawkins

[Brit.med.J., 1975, 4, 110; Lancet, 1975, 2, 777]

(Volume VI, page 301)

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