Elizabeth Mary Bryan

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1024
  1. Caroline Richmond

Paediatrician specialising in multiple births who wrote objectively about her family’s oncogene

Elizabeth Bryan’s work improved the care of children who were multiple births and helped their parents. She founded Tamba, the Twins and Multiple Birth Association, and twin clinics in London, Birmingham, and York. She came from a family with a predisposition for bipolar disorder and a particularly deadly variant of the BRCA1 gene.

Elizabeth Mary Bryan was born in Yorkshire; her father was a Conservative MP and party vice chairman, having started life working in the family clothing firm. She had sisters three and six years younger; both were to develop breast cancer.

Elizabeth had several defining moments in her life. The first was at the age of 6, when she saw a film about African children in hospital. That convinced her that she must be a children’s doctor, and she never wavered. As a teenager she loved being with children.

From Benenden School she went to St Thomas’s but took a year …

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