oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Two doctors in Central Africa

Volume 31, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Early in his career Dr. David Livingstone was a member of the London Missionary Society. Such is his fame that the work of some of the other early doctors in Central Africa has almost been forgotten. From 1877 onwards missions were set up around Lake Tanganyika. In 1880 the fourth London Missionary Society expedition was prepared and Dr Walter Stephen Palmer, a recent graduate from Dublin, was appointed the medical officer. His subsequent correspondence with the head office of the London Missionary Society is kept in the library of the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University. Apart from the general interest of the record as a whole, it provides information on the variety of medical problems and the personal hazards faced by these missionary doctors.

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