CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.

Today’s History Feature:

Prof. Dr. Leo Schamroth

(Jun 2, 1924 – May 24, 1988)

💠South-African Cardiologist

His contributions…

🔹Schamroth was born in Belgium. When he was 5 years old, his family emigrated to South Africa.

🔹In 1948, he completed his medical graduation from WitsMed University, Johannesburg.

🔹Then, he began his career in Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg and became Professor of Medicine at WitsMed. Later, he was a chief physician at Baragwanath Hospital, where he continued his service until his retirement in 1987.

🔹Unfortunately, he suffered from Rheumatic heart disease and developed Infective endocarditis. He used that opportunity to observe his fingers and then described a simple sign to confirm the presence of clubbing in fingers, which is known as Schamroth’s Window Test.

🔹Also, he was a devoted teacher who often demonstrated extraordinary clarity and showmanship. He also did an extensive research in the field of electrocardiography.

🔹In addition, he published around 300 scientific papers and 8 text books. Those are mainly concerned with electrocardiography.

🔹His foremost contribution was “An Introduction to Electrocardiography,” published in 1957 – which had up to 8 editions. This was the most commonly stolen book in the medical libraries all over the world.

🔹In fact, his academic achievements, awards and honours were numerous. He was awarded with Master Teacher Award by the American College of Cardiology in 1972.

A Day to Commemorate….

The Giant in the Field of Electrocardiography

Prof. Dr. Leo Schamroth 🙏🏼

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