John Michael Brudenell

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 13 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2602
  1. John Michael Brudenell

John Michael Brudenell (“Mike”) decided to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology when he was a medical student, being much influenced and encouraged by John Peel and Stanley Clayton. After house jobs at King’s College London and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital he did national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps. After brief military training he spent most of his national service as the obstetrician in various military hospitals in Germany. Having completed his army service, he said he was not much of a soldier, but was a better obstetrician for having been responsible for the delivery of many army wives.

He returned to King’s to do research on endometrial pathology and cervical cytology. He started cervical smear testing there and learned to interpret the results of the smears that he had taken. He bore the scepticism with which cytology was viewed in 1953 by many pathologists with cheerful enthusiasm. In cooperation with his laboratory assistant, he published the results of their work over the first three years. His interest in the early diagnosis of cervical cancer later resulted …

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