Alex Tudor Hart

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Alexander Ethan Tudor Hart was a doctor in South Wales.

He studied at Cambridge University under John Maynard Keynes. Later he studied orthopaedics in Vienna under the surgeon Lorenz Böhler. [1] He worked at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, St. Mary Abbott’s Hospital, Hampstead General Hospital, and as a general practitioner in Llanelli, Brixton and Colliers Wood.[2]

He was an active member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. He represented the South Wales Miners' Federation in a dispute. His home has been described as "a transit camp for anti-fascist refugees from Continental Europe". [3]

During the Spanish Civil War he volunteered for the Republicans' Medical Aid Committee and was put in charge of the medical unit in December 1936. He was particularly concerned with the management of fractures. [4]

He used his experience in Spain in training other doctors to deal with problems they might expect in wartime. In April 1939 he delivered a lecture to the British Postgraduate Medical School on the Böhler technique for dealing with fractures and open wounds which he had refined in combat situations.[5]

He was a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps 1940-45 and served as assistant medical officer at Finsbury Air Raid Precautions. He was denounced as a communist, though the informant admitted that he did excellent surgical work.[6]

His first wife was Dr Alison Macbeth. Dr Julian Tudor Hart is their son. He married the photographer Edith Suschitzky in Vienna in 1933; the couple divorced in 1940.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alex Tudor-Hart". Spartacus educational. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Tudor Hart, Julian (1988). A New Kind of Doctor. London: The Merlin Press Ltd. ISBN 0 85036 299 7. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Moorhead, Robert (March 2004). "Hart of Glyncorrwg". Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 97 (3): 132–136. doi:10.1258/jrsm.97.3.132. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Baxell, Richard (2014). Unlikely Warriors. London: Aurum Press. p. 206. ISBN 9781781312339. 
  5. ^ Palfreeman, Linda (2012). Salud. eastbourne: Sussex Academic Press. p. 188. ISBN 9781845195014. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Baxell, Richard (2012). Unlikely Warriors. London: Aurum Press. p. 442. ISBN 9781781312339. 
  7. ^ Baxell, Richard (2014). Unlikely Warriors. London: Aurum Press. p. 429. ISBN 9781781312339.