The white man in the tropics

McGregor, Russell (2008) The white man in the tropics. In: Fielding, Trisha, (ed.) Sir Robert Philp Lecture Series. Townsville City Council, Townsville, QLD, Australia, - .

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Abstract

In 1925, when he published The White Man in the Tropics, Raphael West Cilento was a young man of 32 (born in 1893) with an already impressive list of medical qualifications and achievements. Having graduated with First Class Honours at the Medical School of the University of Adelaide, he served as a captain in the Australian Army Medical Corps in the former German New Guinea during the First World War. After the war, he was appointed medical officer in the Federated Malay States, based at Teluk Anson (1920-21). Whilst there, in 1921, he was visited by Dr J.S.C. Elkington, Director of Quarantine in the Commonwealth Department of Health, who offered him a position as Medical Officer for Tropical Hygiene at the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine in Townsville. Before taking up the Townsville position, he attended the London School of Tropical Medicine, where he took the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. On his return to Australia he was appointed Director of the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine, a position he held until 1928.

Item ID: 5649
Item Type: Book Chapter (Non-Commercial)
Keywords: tropical medicine; Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine; Raphael Cilento; Anton Breinl; White Australia policy; acclimatisation.
ISBN: 978-0-9807305-2-4
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2010 04:31
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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