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For almost two decades, in Sudan, beginning in 1901, Dr. John B. Christopherson had battled away in heat and extraordinarily trying conditions, to bring medicine to Europeans and Africans, both sorely in need of good medical attention. In 1917 he achieved something spectacular: he found the cure for bilharzia-a scourge of the tropics, a debilitating and sometimes fatal parasitic illness. Anthropologist Susan Kenyon of Butler University came upon Christopherson's detailed and personal Smallpox Report of 1902 in the Durham University archive. Tropical medicine and colonization went hand in glove and geography mattered enormously. The importation of pharmaceuticals to Sudan was dominated by one company-Morhig's, the Lebanese Christian family of George N. Morhig. This book discusses the troubled waters of early colonial medicine in Sudan in the 1900s, and discloses reasons for the public neglect of Christopherson's accomplishments.

Keywords: bilharzia; Dr. John B. Christopherson; Sudan; tropical medicine

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