Founder President of the Socialist Medical Association (SMA) 1930-51 Somerville Hastings led the organisation for the first 25 years. His career combined medical and political expertise. He was an aural surgeon at the Middlesex Hospital and also a Member of the London County Council and Chairman of its Hospitals and Medical Services Committee at a time when the LCC was developing its municipal health services and hospitals. He was a Member of Parliament first for Reading and later for Barking. He was also a keen botanist and photographer.
An account and appreciation of Hastings contributions can be found in “Why a National Health Service?”, at Healthcare in Hackney, and in Socialist Proposals for Health Reform in Inter-War Britain: the Case of Somerville Hastings.
First Aid for the Trenches 1917
Summer Flowers Of The High Alps 1910
Alpine Plants At Home 1908
Toadstools at Home 1907 60 photographs from nature
Wild Flowers at Home 1906