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Geoffrey Joseph Bourke

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o766 (Published 25 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o766
  1. Cecily Kelleher

Geoffrey Joseph Bourke was regarded as an outstanding, widely published academic who had a seminal role in the development of public health practice in Ireland and a well known international figure. He first wrote a textbook entitled Interpretation and Uses of Medical Statistics (Wiley, 1969) with James McGilvray and later with Leslie Daly, which ran to five editions and is still in print today.

Geoffrey came from a medical family; his father and grandfather were both general practitioners in Shercock, County Cavan. He was educated at St Vincent’s College, Castleknock, before going on to study medicine at University College Dublin. He showed an early interest in the scope for social and preventive medicine, obtaining qualifications in both …

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