Lives of the fellows

Elio Federico Domenico Montuschi

b.10 May 1913 d.11 January 1979
MD Florence(1936) MRCP(1949) FRCP(1969)

Elio Montuschi was born in London of Italian parents and was educated in Florence and Bologna, where he graduated in 1935. He soon decided to take advantage of his dual nationality and returned to this country, because he could not accept the political climate of Italy. His first house appointments were at the Italian Hospital, and during the war he worked in the Emergency Medical Service, first at the Park Hospital, London, and later at Queen Mary’s, Sidcup, where he was in charge of a pleural effusion unit. In 1944 he entered the RAMC and served in India, Rangoon and Singapore.

In 1948, he became the youngest of the medical staff in the newly re-opened Italian Hospital, and he retained sessions there until his retirement. In 1957 he was appointed to the Whittington Hospital, to which he devoted most of his professional energies up to his retirement through ill health in 1977.

Wherever he worked Monty established a tremendous reputation, which was based on his sincerity and dedication to the welfare of his patients. He commanded great trust and was regarded as a kind friend as well as a compassionate physician. His clinical acumen was unsurpassed and his opinion on heart cases was widely sought. Rotund, benign, the embodiment of good nature, his approach to the patient was friendly, reassuring and unhurried, his appraisal of the problem penetrating and authoritative. He was a delight on the staff rounds at Whittington, particularly when demonstrating a case; his enjoyment was so manifest and his good humour so infectious. Monty was a genial man, perpetually good natured, and intolerant only of cant or of injustice.

He made many contributions to the study of clinical cardiology, particularly in the field of hypertension. It is some measure of the international regard in which he was held that the Faculty of Medicine of Bologna instituted a scholarship in his name, for young Italian doctors specializing in cardiology.

In 1947 he married Dorothy Staines, and they had two daughters and a son. He obtained the MRCP in 1949 and the MD in 1936 maxima cum laude. He was awarded the Commendatore (for Civic Merit) by the Italian Republic in 1967. Outside medicine his interests lay in his family, music and philosophy.

A Bloom

[Brit.med.J., 1970, 1, 543; Lancet, 1979, 1, 451]

(Volume VII, page 406)

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