Nigel Pocock, Director, Vision Training & Research
A forgotten hero
In 1859, Thomas Masterman Winterbottom died. He was 94 years old – the oldest doctor in Europe. Shops shut. The local Corporation and thousands of citizens turned out to mourn him. The Newcastle Journal, in its obituary, noted that Winterbottom was ‘as good a man as ever was born in the town of South Shields’.1 What had he done to deserve so much love, respect, and affection? Yet today few have ever heard of him. His magnum opus, two volumes published in 1803, were not republished until 1969 – nearly 170 years later. And who, even amongst specialists in tropical medicine, who are familiar with Winterbottom’s Sign (of Sleeping Sickness) know anything about the man himself?
This article is a tribute to a great man, a warm hearted and people-centred Christian, an excellent physician, a fine scientist, and a committed abolitionist who had a respect for women and people of all races.
As part of Southwark Council’s official Black History Month 2017 Programme, The Krios Dot Com invite you to celebrate through presentations, discussion, literature, exhibition and a fun quiz the unique history of educating Black boys starting from the Clapham Sect’s African Academy for Sierra Leonean boys in 1799 to present and future education model.
Date: Friday 27th October 2017 Time: 6.30 PM – 10.30 PM Place: The Crypt – St Peters Church, Liverpool Grove, London SE17 2HH
Since I met Joseph Opala and Amadu Massaly in 2006, when I was first really introduced to Bunce Island in Sierra Leone, efforts to preserve and stabilize its Slave Castle has become one of my passions. As I learned more about its history during the slave trade, I also got to learn about the connection between Sierra Leone and the Low Country of the United States, centered in South Carolina and Georgia.