Bryan Frederick Warren

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 09 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:e8053
  1. Steve Hughes,
  2. Howard Rigby

Bryan Frederick Warren came from humble beginnings in Cheshire to be one of the most influential gastrointestinal pathologists of his time. Educated at state schools in Nantwich, Bryan was the first boy in his village to go to grammar school and university. The villagers were rightly proud of him as he had grown up with a severe disability. At the age of 6 Bryan developed Crohn’s disease, which was to severely influence his life, shape his career, and eventually bring about his premature death. At times the young Bryan could barely walk to school because of his severe perianal disease. Swimming, riding bicycles, and many other normal schoolboy activities were impossible for him, but this may have been his inspiration to enter medicine. It was only through sheer determination and extra hard work that he achieved the grades needed despite a severe flare of his disease during his A levels. Bryan planned a career in medical gastroenterology, but he switched to pathology after trouble with the MRCP exam and never looked back.

During his training in Liverpool and Bristol, …

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