b.2 June 1909 d.28 March 1986
MRCS LRCP(1932) MB BS Lond(1932) MRCP(1944) MD(1948) FRCP(1969)
Harold William Salmon was born at Brighton, Sussex, the son of Albert Salmon, a medical practitioner, and his wife Mary Owen, daughter of a naval engineer. He was educated at Epsom College, Surrey, and Middlesex Hospital medical school where he won many prizes including the Broderip scholarship. After graduation he held house appointments at the Middlesex, the Brompton Hospital and the Samaritan Hospital, where he worked for such illustrious physicians as E A Cockayne [Munk's Roll, Vol.V, p.76], George Beaumont [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VI, p.33], Sir Robert Arthur Young [Munk's Roll, Vol.V, p.467] and Sir Harold Boldero [Munk's Roll, Vol.V, p.43]. In 1935 he began work with his father in general practice at Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, where he remained until after the war. He gained his doctorate and membership of the College before commencing his compulsory military service, during which he served as a medical specialist, with the rank of major, at the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich. In 1949 he was appointed consultant physician at the East Ham Memorial Hospital, St George-in-the-East Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Stratford.
Salmon was particularly interested in cardiology and his Handbook of clinical cardiology, London, Harvey & Blythe, was published in 1962. He was an excellent diagnostician and his memory for rare medical facts was phenomenal. He delighted in trapping unwary candidates for the MRCP when on ward rounds. He was also a kindly and courteous man, and many patients had good reason to be grateful for his calm, unhurried manner and the sympathetic way in which he shared their problems.
In 1934 he married Blanche Percy Piper, daughter of a dental surgeon, and they had three children, two sons and a daughter. Both his sons are Fellows of the College; Paul is a consultant physician and senior lecturer in gastroenterology at the Middlesex Hospital and Michael is a consultant paediatrician at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Outside medicine Harold Salmon had many diverse interests: he had gained his 1st XV colours while at Epsom College and repeated this distinction at the Middlesex Hospital, taking part in three Cup Ties; he was passionately fond of his old school and followed its fortunes through the years; comparative religion, Egyptian archaeology and -latterly - painting were abiding hobbies.
He was survived by his wife and family.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
[Brit.med.J., 1986,292,1087; Lancet, 1986,1,925]
(Volume VIII, page 429)
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