Administrative / Biographical History

MB CM Edin 1872, MD (Gold Medal) 1877; FRCP Lond 1889.

Steell was consultant physician at MRI and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Manchester, in 1888 he was the first to describe a diastolic murmur now known as the Graham Steell murmur. Born in 1851, Steell studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he was a champion boxer. He was house physician to George Balfour at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he probably first became interested in cardiology. Steell then held resident appointments at London Fever Hospital and Leeds Fever Hospital and was professor of materia medica at Edinburgh University; many of his early publications were on the subject of fevers. He came to Manchester in 1878 when he was appointed resident medical officer at MRI; he was made honorary assistant physician in 1883 and physician in 1889. Steell was also honorary physician at MRI, Manchester and Salford Hospital for Skin Diseases and Christie Hospital. He was particularly known for his work on inthrathoracic disease. From 1907 to 1911 he professor of clinical medical in Manchester. Steell was president of MMS in 1897 and was one of the three original honorary members of the Cardiac Society. He was married to Agnes Dunlop McKie, d 1910, lady superintendent of nurses at MRI. Steell retired from practice in 1912 and went to live with his son, John Walter Graham Steell (see below). Steell died in London on 10 January 1942.

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