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January 16, 1967


JAMA. 1967;199(3):212-213. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120030116026

William Henry Broadbent, clinical cardiologist of London, was born near Huddersfield, Yorkshire, the eldest son of an ardent, converted Wesleyan, woolen manufacturer, and part-time farmer.1 After day-school education in Longwood and courses at Huddersfield College, William entered his father's business at the age of 15 or 16 in deference to parental desire. The venture was a failure, and two years later he convinced his father that a professional career was preferable; however, a contract for a five-year apprenticeship was not entirely to his liking either. It was full of drudgery and left little opportunity for supplementary study in anticipation of examinations at London University. Broadbent subsequently attended Owens College and also spent three years at the Royal School of Medicine in Manchester, where he earned medals in chemistry, botany, materia medica, anatomy, physiology, midwifery, surgery, and operative surgery. In 1856, his brilliant record was rewarded with highest honors at