William Penny Brookes (1809–1895): forgotten Olympic Lord of the Rings
- Correspondence to: Dr Ashrafian Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London WC1N 3JH, UK;
- Accepted 3 April 2005
The contribution of Dr William Penny Brookes (1809–1895) to the Olympic Games is scarcely reported in the medical literature. Presented here is a brief report of his life and work. Furthermore, the need to promote public health and fitness through the Olympics is re-emphasised.