Leo Schamroth

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Leo Schamroth
Born (1924-06-02)2 June 1924
Antwerp, Belgium
Died 24 May 1988(1988-05-24) (aged 63)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Fields Cardiology
Alma mater University of the Witwatersrand Medical School
Known for Electrocardiography, Schamroth's window test

Leo Schamroth (2 June 1924 in Belgium – 24 May 1988 in Johannesburg) was a South African cardiologist remembered for his work in electrocardiography and for describing Schamroth's window test.[1]


Leo Schamroth was born in Belgium and emigrated to South Africa in infancy. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in 1948. He joined the university staff based at the Baragwanath Hospital in 1956, and became professor of medicine and chief physician at Baragwanath Hospital in 1972. He published over 300 papers and eight textbooks, mostly concerned with electrocardiology. His book, An Introduction to Electrocardiography, published in 1957 and running to seven editions, was the most frequently stolen book from medical libraries in the world. He was awarded the Master Teacher Award by the American College of Cardiology in 1972.[2]


  1. ^ Schamroth L (February 1976). "Personal experience". S. Afr. Med. J. 50 (9): 297–300. PMID 1265563. 
  2. ^ Biography of Leo Schamroth at the Heart Rhythm Society online Archived January 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.