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1904 And The Appointment Blunder

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Christopherson, like most European doctors working in Sudan, was attached initially to the Egyptian Army where he was given the assimilated rank of Bimbashi, the equivalent of major. The first civil hospital in Khartoum was made of mud bricks and was used until 1909 when a new hospital was opened. Both Edward S. Crispin and Christopherson had had experience in the Boer War. Crispin had been a prisoner of the Boers and it was shortly after his release that he received a cable offering him a post in Sudan. In March 1904, as the Sudan Medical Department came into being formally, the military administration was gradually being exchanged for a civilian one, although not fast enough for the civilians who frequently complained.

Keywords: appointment blunder; Dr. J.B. Christopherson; Edward S. Crispin; Sudan



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