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The Wellcome Laboratory On The Nile And A Relapsing Fever Dispute. A Storm In A Teacup? Some Of What Really Happened Is Revealed Only In 1923

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Henry Wellcome was a remarkable man. As a young man he trained as a pharmacist and in 1880 formed a pharmaceutical company with a friend, Silas M. Burroughs. Burroughs & Wellcome prospered but the two men eventually quarreled and dissolved the partnership. In 1900 Wellcome sailed out to Sudan with letters of introduction to Wingate and Lord Cromer, the British Agent in Cairo. Wellcome chose Dr. Andrew Balfour, a Scotsman, young and highly qualified, who had served in the Boer War and spoke Arabic, to be its Director. The laboratory, housed in the Gordon College, was to be well equipped in every respect. The mandate of the laboratory covered just about every botanical, environmental and medical aspect of Sudan.

Keywords: Dr. J.B. Christopherson; Henry Wellcome; Nile; Silas M. Burroughs; Sudan; Wellcome Laboratory



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