b.18 October 1852 d.31 May 1932
MBE MB Lond(1875) MD(1880) MRCS FRCP(1893)
Paul Chapman was born at Hackney and educated at Shrewsbury and University College, London. His student career was undistinguished on account of his absorbing interest in poetry and Elizabethan plays. Soon after he had taken his M.D. in 1880 — he had qualified in 1875 — an introduction to Burdon Sanderson gave him a taste for experimental physiology and particularly its application to cardiac disease. He re-wrote the article on heart disease in Bristowe’s textbook and gave notable Goulstonian Lectures on The Physics of the Circulation in 1894. He was physician to St. Marylebone General Dispensary and the Royal Hospital for Children and Women.
Chapman, however, was soon obliged by ill health to abandon his London career. In 1886 he applied successfully for the appointment of senior physician to the Hereford General Hospital, and he remained in Hereford as a consultant until he retired in 1919. During the 1914-1918 War, he was physician to the V.A.D. Hospital there. Chapman was a man of considerable literary attainments, which were displayed in his contributions to the Nineteenth Century and Yorkshire Post. In retirement he wrote a Foot Guide to Radnor Forest, on whose borders he then lived. He was also an amateur actor of merit and a keen fly-fisherman and swimmer. He married and had three sons. He died at Chatham.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1932; B.M.J., 1932; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1933, 12]
(Volume IV, page 363)
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