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March 29, 1965

JAMES HOPE (1801-1841)

JAMA. 1965;191(13):1076-1077. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080130036011

The Hope of cardiology,1 London teacher and consultant in diseases of the heart, was born at Stockport, Cheshire, into a wealthy merchant's family, whose fortune affected neither his industry nor his ultimate professional attainments.2 Unfortunately, a familial incidence of tuberculosis paved the way to an early death. After attending grammar school Hope lived in Oxford for a time, but never was a member of the University. Before settling on medicine, the practice of law held some appeal, and, during the period of indecision, he enlisted in the Yeomanry Lancers and became expert in the lance and the broadsword. At the age of 19, Hope enrolled in the University of Edinburgh where he spent five years; as evidence of his talents and esteem, he served as one of the presidents of the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh, as well as house physician and house surgeon at the Royal Infirmary.