In this unique, highly detailed examination, Gordon C Cook investigates the very beginnings of tropical medicine through the work of Dr George Low (1872-1952). Widely known as the 'father of tropical medicine', Low was a pioneering force in the study of Caribbean diseases and the development of preventative medicine. His work on parisitology and importance of epidemiology and ecology was ground-breaking. This remarkable analysis contains, for the very first time, transcriptions of the thirty-one letters from Low to Sir Patrick Manson, Medical Advisor to the Colonial Office during this expedition. The letters reveal Low's thought processes and landmark discoveries in medical science. This handsome, hardback volume is ideal for all those with an interest in tropical medicine, medical and naval historians, and librarians.
Table of Contents
Preface. Prologue. George Carmichael Low (1972-1952). The Craggs prize, and the Filaria demarquayi dilemma. The Caribbean in the late nineteenth century: a contemporary account. Introduction to the West Indies: filariasis and malaria at St Lucia (January-May 1901).Researches in Barbados (May-July 1901). Mainland South America: two months in British Guiana (Guyana) (July-August 1901). A tour of St Vincent, Trinidad and Grenada (September-December 1901). Yellow fever at St Lucia (December 1901-January 1902). St Kitts and the voyage to London (February-April 1902). Contributions of Low’s Caribbean expedition to scientific knowledge and disease prevention. Epilogue. Appendices. Index.