Charles Brehmer Heald (1882–1974), Consultant Physician in Physical Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital

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The sitter had the distinction of serving as a medical officer in all three branches of the armed forces during the First World War. After the war he took a keen interest in electrotherapeutics and played a leading role in the development of physical medicine.

His papers include a typescript copy of his unpublished autobiography recounting his colourful wartime experiences, scrapbooks, printed matter, correspondence and personal papers.

There are five records at the National Maritime Museum of papers donated to them by Heald in 1957 relating to his First World War experience, including letters written to him by his wife and family.

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Charles Brehmer Heald (1882–1974), Consultant Physician in Physical Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital




oil on canvas


H 79 x W 64 cm

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