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Edwin Besterman was British by adoption and worked in London and in the special unit for juvenile rheumatism in Taplow, where his interest in auscultation and phonocardiography developed. For 22 years he was visiting cardiologist in Malta, where he selected patients for cardiac surgery at St Mary's. He was also a biochemist and showed the relationship between prebeta lipoproteins and coronary artery disease. He published over 100 papers, his last in 2000 being a chapter on rheumatic fever in British Cardiology in the 20th Century.
Edwin took early retirement to do voluntary work in Jamaica and taught at the university. He reported on electrocardiograms for the Jamaica Heart Foundation, and he reached 100 000 after 15 years.
His hobbies included medical history, gardening, and photography, especially of churches in the United Kingdom and archaeological remains world wide. He was a qualified photographic judge and exhibited regularly. He loved dogs, and moving to Jamaica satisfied his ambition to own German shepherd dogs. He took up breeding and showing and was president of the German Shepherd Club of Jamaica. Predeceased by a son (a consultant physician), he leaves a wife, Perri; three sons from two previous marriages; and eight grandchildren.
Honorary consultant cardiologist University of West Indies (b United States 1924; q Cambridge/Guy's Hospital, London, 1947; MD, FRCP), d 3 September 2007.