Lives of the fellows

Herbert John Hambling

b.26 August 1919 d.6 April 2005
MB ChB Birm(1943) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1973)

Herbert John Hambling was a consultant psychiatrist at the St Augustine’s group of hospitals at Canterbury. He was born Herbert John Hambling Evans in Newmarket, Suffolk, but simplified his name by deed poll in 1945. His father, Edwin Athelstan Evans, was in banking. His mother, Gladys Elsia Evans née Hambling was the daughter of Harry Hambling, who owned a tailoring and drapery business. Hambling was educated at King Edward VI School, Birmingham, and then went to Birmingham University to study medicine.

In 1943 he was a house physician to Sir Arthur Thomson [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.575] and A V Neale [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VI, p.355] at the United Hospitals, Birmingham. He then served as a captain in the RAMC in Italy.

From 1947 to 1948 he was a registrar to K D Wilkinson [Munk’s Roll, Vol.V, p.448] at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He was then a senior registrar at Harrow Chest Clinic. Between 1949 and 1952 he was a Sir Halley Stewart research fellow at St Bartholomew’s and University College hospitals, researching psychosomatic medicine.

In 1949 he was a locum chest physician in Camden, north London. In 1951 he was appointed as a consultant psychiatrist for the Civil Service Sanatorium Society at Beneden Chest Hospital. Two years later, he was appointed to his post at St Augustine’s.

He was a founder member (in 1955) of the Society for Psychosomatic Research and president of the society in 1957 and 1958. In 1959 he edited The nature of stress disorder. Conference of the Society for Psychosomatic Research held at the Royal College of Physicians May 1958 (London, Hutchinson Medical). He also co-edited, with Philip Hopkins, Psychosomatic disorders in adolescents and young adults (Oxford, Pergamon Press, 1965). He also wrote papers on psychosomatic aspects of hypertension and of chronic bronchitis.

Outside medicine he was interested in cine photography and landscape gardening.

In 1971 he married for the second time, to Doreen Gwynneth Buterworth, the daughter of a silversmith. He had three children: a son and two daughters by his first marriage.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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