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Herbert Barrie

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2187 (Published 08 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2187
  1. Michael Barrie

Herbert Barrie was born Herbert Bihari in Berlin. At the age of 10, Herbert; his brother, Julian; and their parents fled Nazi Germany and settled in Carshalton, England. Herbert studied medicine at University College Hospital, qualifying in 1950; in the same year, he changed his surname to Barrie.

He had a paediatric registrar post at Great Ormond Street Hospital, after which he went to America where he worked with Charles D (“Dav”) Cook as a research fellow at Harvard University and the Children’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1959 Herbert was appointed senior registrar—and five years later senior lecturer—at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Here he worked with Dennis Cottom, who was at the forefront of the emerging specialty of neonatal care. Indeed it was at St Thomas’ that Herbert first developed a profound interest in the care of premature infants. This was a time of rapid medical advances, particularly in respiratory support, that were at last making the survival of premature newborn babies possible. Very few babies born before 32 weeks survived, …

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