Lives of the fellows

Robert Glen Brackenridge

b.9 April 1929 d.24 May 2011
MB ChB Edin(1951) MRCP Ed(1956) MRCP(1964) FRCP Edin(1971) FRCP(1977)

Robert Glen Brackenridge was a consultant physician at Hexham General Hospital, Northumbria. He was born in Cardenden, Fife, a Scottish mining village, where his father, William, was the local GP. Theirs was a medical family; his brother Gilbert was a community physician in Northallerton. David Lees, his father’s uncle was a venereologist as was his cousin, Robert Lees. Another of his father’s cousins, David Hugh Lees, was a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and three others who shared the Lees surname qualified in medicine from Aberdeen University and practiced in the area.

After attending Kirkcaldy High School, where he was dux medallist in 1946, he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (ERI). Following qualification in 1951, he did house jobs at the ERI and Kirkcaldy General Hospital. In 1952 he joined the RAF to do his National Service and was posted to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Demobilised in 1954, he joined the staff of the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow the next year and also spent some time as a temporary GP in his father’s practice. From 1957 to 1958 he was a medical registrar at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and then, in 1959, became a senior registrar in the professional and medical unit of the Maryfield Hospital, Dundee.

In 1967 he was appointed a consultant physician at Hexham General Hospital and worked there for nearly 30 years until he retired in 1994. He was the author of a number of scientific papers on topics that included the toxicity and efficacy of certain drugs and the epidemiology of diabetes. At the hospital he was very involved in helping to found a school of nursing and also published a useful text book for nurses, Essential medicine (Medical and Technical Publishing, 1971).

RCP editor

[Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh www.rcpe.ac.uk/sites/default/files/in-memoriam.pdf; BMJ www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d6919 - both accessed 2 September 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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