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February 22, 1965


JAMA. 1965;191(8):671. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080080061022

The description of the murmur associated with tricuspid insufficiency and pulmonary hypertension by Graham Steell, Edinburgh born and trained, was published while he was a staff member of the Royal Infirmary in Manchester and occupant of the chair of clinical medicine at the University of Manchester. Graham was the youngest son of Sir John Steell, sculptor to Queen Victoria. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded a gold medal for his thesis on scarlatina, presented for the MD degree.1 Postgraduate study was pursued in Berlin, London, and Leeds.

Steell attributed his particular interest in cardiology to George Balfour, one of his teachers at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Contributions in this rapidly developing, special area of clinical interest were made in the description and functional identification of the tricuspid murmur and in the description of heart disease associated with beriberi. Several texts

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