Dr David Aserman

Personal Details

CRN: 
715750
Family name: 
Aserman
Given name(s): 
David
Familiar name: 
‘Asy’ to his friends
Date of birth: 
23/12/1898
Date of death: 
06/10/1972
Place of birth: 
Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia)
Nationality: 
British
Title: 
Dr
Notes: 

Post-nominals:
MD FFARCS DA

Education and Qualifications

General education: 

Clifton College, Bristol, excelling at athletics; Caius College, Cambridge and St Thomas’s Hospital

Primary medical qualification(s): 

MBBCh, Cambridge, 1926

Initial Fellowship and type: 

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship: 
1953
Other qualification(s): 

MD, Cambridge, 1934; DA(RCP&S), 1940

Professional Life and Career

Postgraduate career: 

After qualifying became a general practitioner in St. John’s Wood, London with clinical assistantships in paediatrics, orthopaedics and ENT at St Thomas’s Hospital. His involvement with anaesthesia started with a part time dental appointment at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. On the outbreak of WW2 he became a full time anaesthetist with the Emergency Medical Service, first at Great Ormond Hospital and then at Leavesden Hospital. Appointed consultant anaesthetist to Great Ormond Street in 1946 he also worked at Atkinson Morley Hospital (from 1945) and and the National Hospital, Queen’s Square (from 1948), retiring from NHS in 1963.

Professional interests and activities: 

Main interests paediatric (working with Sir Denis Browne) with a special interest in neurosurgical anaesthesia which started at Leavesden Hospital. Contributed to the development of hypotensive anaesthesia using hexamethonium and procainamide.

Other biographical information: 

Married with one daughter. After his retirement he devoted himself to his family and was skilled at ‘do-it-yourself’.

Author and Sources

Author: 
Professor David Hatch and Dr William J Glover
Sources and any other comments: 

Obituaries. BMJ 1972; 4: 369 & The Lancet 1972; 300: 885 | Personal recollections of WJG.