b.29 November 1919 d.28 October 1988
MB BCh Cairo(1942) DM(1947) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1970)
Mahmoud Hassanein was born in Sharka Province, lower Egypt, where his father was mayor. His mother Eisha Abdalla el-Attar was the daughter of a landowner. His early education was at Zagzig School and he went on to Cairo University to study medicine, his clinical studies being carried out at Kasr el-Ainy Hospital, Cairo. After graduation he held house appointments from 1942-44, when he became demonstrator in medicine and later lecturer at the University. He was appointed assistant professor 1958-63, and physician in charge of the occupational diseases unit. In 1963 he was appointed professor in the faculty of medicine.
He married Amira Mostafa el-Sharawy, daughter of a general and chief of the Air Force, and they had two children; their son Khaled followed his father into the medical profession and was appointed assistant professor of chest diseases at Cairo University, and his daughter was known as ‘Hala’.
Mahmoud Hassanein’s great interest lay in aviation medicine, which was affiliated to the department of industrial medicine. He died suddenly, at Cairo airport, from massive myocardial infarction while he was returning from a congress on aviation medicine in Australia.
He was an excellent teacher, a sympathetic man and a good friend. Outside medicine his interests lay in football, music, reading and fishing. He was survived by his wife and children.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
(Volume VIII, page 214)
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