John Coote was Bowman Professor of Physiology in autonomic neuroscience and cardiovascular control at the University of Birmingham until his retirement, and also a keen mountaineer (Fig. ).John Coote on a cycle ergometer during the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society trip to Nepal in October 1984 In 1969 after scaling the Bolivar Peak, one of the highest mountains in Venezuela, he lay badly injured on the snow‐swept peak for 10 h after his rope snapped minutes into the descent. This also resulted in the death of his two Venezuelan climbing companions who rested beside him. He was eventually rescued and went on to partake in many more expeditions to Nepal and Peru with the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society, and later with colleagues at Oxford where he made several major discoveries on processes underlying acclimatisation.As a medical student at the Royal Free Hospital in 1954, he registered as a pacifist and became a Conscientious Objector, and was sentenced to 3 years agricultural and hospital work in lieu of National Service. He returned to medical school but never completed his training.Instead physiology enthralled him, following an intercalated degree before completing his PhD in 1964. Here he developed an interest in the neural control of
The Journal of Physiology – Wiley
Published: Jan 15, 2018
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