All about Hugh de Wardener

Wednesday 8 August 2007

Hugh de Wardener is regarded as the single most influential nephrologist produced by the UK in the 20th Century. He qualified at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1939 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served with distinction, was interned by the Japanese, and was awarded a military MBE.
After the war, he returned to St Thomas’ as a lecturer and started work on renal physiology, salt and water balance, and acute renal failure. During this time, he wrote his internationally famous book, ‘The Kidney’, which described renal physiology and disease with exceptional clarity.
In 1962, he was appointed Professor of Medicine at Charing Cross Hospital, and remained in this post until his retirement in 1981. He continued to work on the role of salt and water in relation to blood pressure and, in particular, investigated natriuretic hormones and performed early work on the use of renal biopsy in the diagnosis of glomerulonephritis. He was also responsible for the introduction of maintenance dialysis at Charing Cross and in expanding this service across the UK.
(Hello to the person or persons persistently googling this site for Hugh de Wardener over the past few months! Hopefully you now won’t have to leave here empty-handed. In the next day or two, more funtastic posts plus some more photos and music. If you’re lucky, I might even update the indices and install a search engine.)
  1. As part of my research on POWs–for a novel I am writing–I am reading Railroad of Death by John Coast (actually out of print at this time). Dr. Hugh de Wardener is mentioned in the dedication. I am humbled by the bravery, strength and ingenuity of this extraordinary man.

  2. I worked for professor de Wardener at Charing Cross Medical School in the 70′s – What a nice human person he was! he would talk to you as any friend – He would chat away whilst operating confident in what he was doing -