Lives of the fellows

Hugh Walsham

b.7 November 1853 d.13 April 1924
BA Cantab(1879) MB BCh(1887) MA MD FRCP(1901)

Hugh Walsham was born at Islington, the second son of William Walker Walsham of Wisbech. He was educated at King’s College School and Caius College, Cambridge, graduating as B.A. in 1879. He received his medical training at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and graduated as M.B, B.Ch, in 1887. After holding a clinical assistantship at the Hospital for Sick Children, Walsham devoted his career to two institutions: the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, to which he became pathologist in 1894, assistant physician in 1896, physician in 1910 and consulting physician in 1919; and his own Hospital, where he became assistant in the electrical department, under H. Lewis Jones, in 1896, medical officer in charge of the X-ray department and lecturer on radiology in 1912, and consulting radiologist in 1917. These two connections established him as a pioneer of radiology of the chest, and his book, written in collaboration with Harrison Orton, Roentgen Rays in the Diagnosis of the Diseases of the Chest (1906), was the first to deal with the subject in English. Walsham was also consulting radiologist to the King Edward VII Sanatorium, Midhurst. He wrote the Weber-Parkes Prize Essay of 1903. A short, cheerful, active figure, he paid dearly for his work in the loss of several fingers. He married in 1916 Amy, daughter of Stephen Bannister of Coventry. He died in London. His brother, W. J. Walsham, F.R.C.S, was surgeon to St. Bartholomew’s.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1924; B.M.J., 1924; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1925, 16]

(Volume IV, page 434)

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