James Brunskill Brierley

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1138

Former scientific officer MRC neuropsychiatry unit, MRC laboratories, Carshalton, and honorary consultant in neuropathology West Park Hospital, Epsom (b 1916; q Bristol 1944; MD, FRCPath, FRCPsych), d 19 January 2004.

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In 1964 Jim was appointed head of a research team concerned with the physiological and neuropathological investigation of brain damage resulting from hypoxia. He published some 150 manuscripts and took part in seminal work with RAF Farnborough to determine the optimal window size of Concorde in the event of a blowout. During his most successful scientific years he designed and undertook studies that defined the relationship between the brain and the heart in terms of which of these two organs was the most vulnerable to conditions of hypoxia. He leaves a wife, Lorna; two children; and three grandchildren.

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