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Biographical entry Summons, Walter Ernest Isaac (1881 - 1970)

7 July 1881
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
10 May 1970


Walter Summons had a large private practice in Camberwell. He investigated miners' phthisis at Bendigo for the government in 1906 and his recommendations were incorporated in the Mines Act of 1907. In 1942 he made a notable investigation of the persistence of bilharziasis.


Born 7 July 1881. Died 10 May 1970. OBE 1919. Educated University of Melbourne (MB 1903, BS 1904, MD 1907, DPH 1908). Investigated miners' phthisis at Bendigo for the government, reporting on ventilation 1906 and the epidemiology of lung disease 1907. Sailed for No. 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, Egypt December 1914, moving to Rouen, France in 1916 and later to Abbassia, Egypt. The youngest colonel commanding a military hospital in 1918 and the oldest in July 1940 when he took charge of the 2/7th Australian General Hospital in the Middle East. Recalled in 1942 to Caulfield Military Hospital, where he made a notable investigation of the persistence of bilharziasis. Large private practice in Camberwell from 1919, honorary physician and tutor, Alfred Hospital 1920-35. Served on the Victorian Public Health Commission 1919-68, president, Victorian branch, British Medical Association 1936.

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