Jehoiada John BrownBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4463 (Published 04 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4463
- John Connell,
- Andrew Brown
Jehoiada John Brown (“Joyda”) was a well known and highly respected physician and clinical scientist, who worked in the Medical Research Council Blood Pressure Unit in the Western Infirmary in Glasgow from 1967 until he retired in 1992. He had a high international reputation for his clinical practice, which was informed by research based observations, and, equally importantly, for the warmth and generousity of his nature.
Joyda was born in Croescyceiliog, South Wales. He was intensely proud of his Welsh heritage and upbringing, and his adult persona reflected the values instilled during his formative years. His father was a cabinet maker and prominent in local government. It was this heritage of craftsmanship and public service, set against a background of Welsh non-conformism, that shaped his character, exemplified by hard work, precision of thought and deed, and a wish to serve others.
He attended West Monmouthshire Grammar School, where he excelled in sport, representing Welsh schools at athletics and rugby. On leaving school he matriculated in medicine at Cardiff University, but his passion for rugby led him to transfer after one year to St Mary’s in London, which, at the time, had a high reputation for prowess in hospital rugby competitions. At St Mary’s he gained a first class degree in physiology and graduated in medicine in 1951. As a student he represented United London Hospitals at rugby, and continued to perform at a high level in athletics. He remained an enthusiastic, if somewhat caustic …