James Laing Gordon Thomson

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:974

Former consultant neuroradiologist Frenchay Hospital and Bristol Royal Infirmary (b 1922; q Cambridge/St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1945; MD, FRCR, FRCP), died from Alzheimer's disease on 20 June 2006.

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James Laing Gordon Thomson (“Gordon”) covered neuroradiological referrals for the south west region singlehandedly for 24 years. A pioneer, he was soon recognised for his expertise by neurosurgeons who had previously performed their own investigations. He established a dedicated neuroimaging unit, as well as the eighth computed tomographic brain scanner in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s. He ensured the financial viability of magnetic resonance imaging at Frenchay after his retirement. In creating strong links with specialist clinicians in his field and with radiologists in other hospitals he contributed greatly to the postgraduate training programme. He leaves a wife, two sons, and two grandchildren.

[Alistair Thomson, Rhys Davies]


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