Dr David Aserman

Dr David Aserman MD FFARCS DA

23/12/1898 to 06/10/1972

Place of birth: Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia)

Nationality: British

CRN: 715750

Also known as: ‘Asy’ to his friends

Education and qualifications

General education

Clifton College, Bristol, excelling at athletics; Caius College, Cambridge and St Thomas’s Hospital

Primary medical qualification(s)

MBBCh, Cambridge, 1926

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

MD, Cambridge, 1934; DA(RCP&S), 1940

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After qualifying became a general practitioner in St. John’s Wood, London with clinical assistantships in paediatrics, orthopaedics and ENT at St Thomas’s Hospital. His involvement with anaesthesia started with a part time dental appointment at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. On the outbreak of WW2 he became a full time anaesthetist with the Emergency Medical Service, first at Great Ormond Hospital and then at Leavesden Hospital. Appointed consultant anaesthetist to Great Ormond Street in 1946 he also worked at Atkinson Morley Hospital (from 1945) and and the National Hospital, Queen’s Square (from 1948), retiring from NHS in 1963.


Professional interests and activities

Main interests paediatric (working with Sir Denis Browne) with a special interest in neurosurgical anaesthesia which started at Leavesden Hospital. Contributed to the development of hypotensive anaesthesia using hexamethonium and procainamide.


Other biographical information

Married with one daughter. After his retirement he devoted himself to his family and was skilled at ‘do-it-yourself’.

Author and Sources

Author: Professor David Hatch and Dr William J Glover

Sources and any other comments: Obituaries. BMJ 1972; 4: 369 & The Lancet 1972; 300: 885 | Personal recollections of WJG.