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BMJ. 2007 December 1; 335(7630): 1161.
PMCID: PMC2099559

Alexis Brook

Alexis Brook was an expert in psychotherapy and its applications to psychological medicine, with a deep interest in helping fellow professionals. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps during1944-7 in India, Burma, and Indo-China and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley and Napsbury Hospitals, specialising in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Cassell Hospital. He became consultant at the Tavistock Clinic, (chairman, professional committee for six years), establishing the Tavistock Foundation for funding research and training, and initiating the annual lecture. He was also a senior lecturer at St Bartholomew's Hospital and consultant in mental health to the London Borough of Islington.

He was always a warm and gentle person, and his interest in helping other professionals led to him giving seminars for general practitioners and occupational health physicians. He participated in a working party on health and safety at work (for the Robens committee) and taught occupational health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After retirement, he continued work in private practice, was honorary consultant psychotherapist at St Mark's Hospital, developing psychotherapy for patients with gastroenterological disease (leading to the establishment of a three session psychotherapy post)and cofounded the Eye and Mind Society developing links with Moorfields Eye Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his brother Peter; Rebecca and Tim, the two children he had with his first wife, Maureen; his two stepdaughters, Jane and Susie; and his eight grandchildren.


Former consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy Tavistock Clinic, London (b 1920; q Cambridge/Middlesex 1943; FRCPsych), died from complications of lymphoma on 7 August 2007.

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