Professor Gordon Cook, DSc, MD, FRCP is a physician with a special interest in tropical and infectious diseases, and a medical historian; he was formerly a Medical Specialist, Royal Nigerian Army; Lecturer in Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda; Professor of Medicine, The University of Zambia; Professor of Medicine, Riyadh University, Saudi Arabia; Professor of Medicine, The University of Papua New Guinea; Visiting Professor of Medicine, The Universities of Basrah and Mosul, Iraq; and Visiting Professor, Quatar.
This narrative, which took place immediately after Nigerian independence from colonial rule, is Corps officer, serving in the Royal Nigerian Army in newly independent Nigeria. Apart from medical duties, he acquired a great deal of information on the Atlantic slave trade, much of which was centred on the Nigerian coast.
Although the London School of Hygiene (and Tropical Medicine) has survived intact, the clinical component has undergone an irreversible downhill trend.
This book explores the origins and subsequent decline of what is more appropriately designated colonial medicine.
The unique role of the Seamen’s Hospital Society (SHS) in the foundation of the formal discipline of tropical (colonial) medicine at its Albert Dock Hospital (ADH) in 1899 is not widely appreciated.This book documents many of the articles with a relevance to tropical medicine, a discipline which rapidly spread from the ADH to numerous countries through the globe.
This very readable and well illustrated book outlines the medical career of a physician who undertook a series of assignments in tropical countries between 1960 and 1990: Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Saudi Arabia and Papua New Guinea. He was later appointed to London’s Hospital for Tropic Diseases.
The author argues that a balanced viewpoint between curative and preventive medicine was both essential and the only way forward in both developing and developed countries. That is a simple ‘message’ and the underlying theme in this book.