Ralph Beattie Blacket
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Early life and education
During World War II, Blacket joined the Australian Medical Corp in New Guinea, and served in 1942 with the 45 New Guinea 9th Division, earning the rank of Major.
After the war Blacket completed his residency at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospita. He was a Hallstrom Fellow in Cardiology, and studied at Sydney University while lecturing part-time, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine in 1957. He researched the disease Beriberi, and his thesis won the Peter Bancroft Prize. He wrote a book about this called The Beri-beri Heart.
Blacket worked as a Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, and as Director of Medicine at two hospitals. He studied the causes of heart disease, and proposed that cholesterol was a factor in heart disease, and was a co-founder of The Heart Foundation of Australia.
Blanket participated in the Bunbury life study of clinical management of large hospitals, worked on medical advisory committees and published about 120 papers in medical journals.
IN 1999 Blacket was presented with an honorary degree by the University of New South Wales.
Blacket was married to Margaret McIlrath and the couple had five children.
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