Lives of the fellows

Walter Hausmann

b.30 January 1909 d.15 May 2000
MD Vienna(1935) MRCP(1949) FRCP(1971)

Walter Hausmann was a consultant physician at the Battle and Prospect Park Hospitals in Reading from 1959 until his retirement in 1976.

He was born in Vienna and qualified as a doctor there in 1935. However, he soon joined that group of cultured Europeans who left Austria and adjoining countries under the shadow of Nazism. On his arrival in Britain in 1938 he was interned as an 'enemy alien'. He was eventually allowed to live freely in Rhayader in mid Wales, where the local people were hospitable and kindly disposed towards him, and he much enjoyed the beautiful countryside.

Whilst in Wales he met and married Margaret Lechner, an old acquaintance from Vienna, and he became a British citizen in 1942. They had one daughter.

After doing some junior hospital posts in the North of England, he was appointed RMO to the Battle and Prospect Park Hospitals and was promoted to consultant. He published papers on myxoedema and on the treatment of hyperthyroidism. His cases included those requiring respiratory assistance in 'tank' ventilators, in which he liaised with the Nuffield department of anaesthetics at Oxford.

He will be remembered for his kindness, quiet sense of humour, and excellence as a caring physician.

David G Price

[Brit.med.J., 2000,321,388]

(Volume XI, page 257)

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