John Brian Taylor

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4909
  1. Peter Taylor

John Brian Taylor was the first in his family to study medicine. His father was an Ulsterman working in Liverpool, and his mother was from Shropshire. After initial schooling in England, John and his family moved back to Londonderry. As an undergraduate he was triple blue in Queens University, Belfast. He had particular success as a mile runner, coming second in the open all-Ireland final in 1944. He held the surgical resident post at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Belfast, before signing up as a ship’s doctor with the Blue Funnel Line, voyaging to Japan and back in 1950. He spent national service years with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Catterick …

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