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The LSHTM

28th July 2022


And here's the London School of Hygiene and 
Tropical Medicine - the 'Big White Building'
students say, as L.S.H.T.M.... 

....takes much too long. The architect was Morley
Horder, who used Portland stone and carved 
the names of scientists in the milk-white face.
Along the front on Keppel Street are these:
first Ronald Ross, who won a Nobel Prize 
for proving that mosquitos, not 'bad air',
spread (as the name suggests) malaria;
then William Farr statistics pioneer
who counted deaths from cholera in Soho;
Edward Jenner, father of vaccines;
then Lemuel 'hatches matches and dispatches'
Shattuck, stateside publisher and author 
of the Massachusetts sanit'ry
report in eighteen forty-nine which other
states then copied; Edwin Chadwick, lawyer,
and healthcare reformer, employee
and beneficiary of Bentham; Sir 
John Simon, surgeon, public health reformer
and the first Chief Med'cal Officer
who made the government rebuild the sewers 
after the Great Stink; Sir Patrick Manson,
founder of the L.S.H.T.M.; 
then Baron Joseph Lister of Lyme Regis,
pioneer of antisepsis and 
preventive medicines; the Frenchman Louis
Pasteur who stopped milk from going off:
then Robert Koch, bacteriologist,
who found the germs of TB, cholera 
and anthrax; lastly on the front wall David 
Bruce, the Scots pathologist who gave 
his name to Brucellosis which was caught
from drinking milk unpasteurised. In Gower 
Street, the names inscribed are Sir John Pringle 
eighteenth cent'ry military doctor
who called typhoid 'gaol fever'; Thomas 
Sydenham, the author of a book,
the Observationes Medicae
in sixteen sev'nty-six which rendered him 
the Englishman's Hippocrates; and James Lind,
sawbones, pioneer of naval hygiene
who proved citrus fruit prevented scurvy.
William Gorgas and his predecessor 
Walter Reed were Yanks who treated Yellow 
Fever on the Panama Canal;
and French médecin Charles Laveran received
a Nobel prize for work on parasitic
protozoans, which are present in
the tsetse fly and the mosquito causing 
trypanosomiasis the former, and 
malaria the latter. Thus far, men. 
To balance this, three women's names were carved
in twenty nineteen, Florence Nightingale,
Marie Curie and Alice Ball, an African 
American who treated leprosy 
effectively but died aged twenty-two, 
before her work was published by the Dean
of Studies at Hawaii as his own...

Horder also decorated with
the vectors of disease the balcony below
in gilded shapes - the cobra, flea, the louse,
the bed bug, tick, aedes mosquito, rat,
anopheles mosquito, tsetse fly
and housefly. Horder is associated with 
the University of Nottingham
and its most famous son and benefactor
Jesse Boot, Dispensing Chemist. Boot's 
brought medicine to High Street shops
through Horder's neo-Georgian architecture. 
 
  

 





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