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On The Practice Of Medicine, Sudan 1902-1919

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In 1912, at the seventh Brazilian Congress of Dermatology, Dr. Gaspar Vianna made a startling announcement: he had used tartar emetic as a successful treatment for Leishmania cruzi. Christopherson converted Rogers' doses into apothecary measure, characterizing his dosing in grains of active chemical rather than cc of a solution with a concentration of 1 or 2 percent. The author suggests that the challenge was important to him, and that the patients in his bilharzia wards and treatment clinics constituted work that was central to his professional life. He was devoted to the work he saw as worthwhile and, having invested so much of himself in Khartoum, he simply never gave up until forced to by ill health. In 1919, sick again with peripheral neuritis, he and Joyce made the decision. They left for England.

Keywords: Dr. Gaspar Vianna; Dr. J.B. Christopherson; Sudan; tartar emetic



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