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History of medicine
The Seamen's Hospital Society: a progenitor of the tropical institutions
  1. G C Cook
  1. The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK


    1999 marks the centenary of the two major British Schools of Tropical Medicine, founded in London and Liverpool, respectively. The origin(s) of the former clearly lies in the Seamen's Hospital Society, which dates from 1821. It seems likely that the foundation of this school (with Government support) also acted as a catalyst for the school at Liverpool, which in fact opened its doors a few months before that in London.

    • Seamen's Hospital Society
    • Schools of Tropical Medicine
    • history of medicine
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    • Based on a paper presented at a symposium on Tropical Medicine Institutes held at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine on 4 June 1999

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