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Roderick William Somerville Brooks

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 18 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1229
  1. Gillian Brooks,
  2. Peter Mayer

Roderick William Somerville Brooks was born in the West Country and qualified from Bristol University in 1976. During his training he worked with Geoffrey Burston, who instilled him that older people often have the ability to improve from awful illness, that they always have an interesting story to tell because they have been around on the planet long enough, and that working within a multidisciplinary team even the most stubborn “sow’s ear” can be turned into at least a serviceable “silk purse.”

He had a lifelong involvement with Forest School Camps, an educational charity that takes children light weight camping. At 21, when he was a …

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