Report of Tour - Venezuela

Scope and Content

Typescript copy and rough annotated copy of Wilkinson's report of his time in Venezuela beginning with the usual general description of the geography, climate, and features of the capital city, Caracas. From his arrival in Caracas he meets with a representative of the British Council, describes his hotel, meets doctors he knows from international conferences, visits the Eastern Botanical Park and El Pinar Zoo, and describes the gun violence in the area.

Wilkinson visits the Banco de Sangre del Distrito Federal and describes the independent blood donor organisations in the city, the private clinics, mobile blood bank teams, and their special scheme for training their own haematological nurse. He then visits and describes the Vargas Hospital where he holds a clinical teaching ward round and a clinical conference before giving a lecture on leukaemias. He describes the university, general teaching, and its associated political instability.

He visits the private Centro Medico Hospital and with Dr Layrisse meets with some of his problem patients with cirrhosis and anaemias before going on to the Instituto de Investigaciones Medicas where he gives a lecture on blood diseases and describes the main subjects of research being undertaken here.

Accompanied by a photographic image of a plan showing the scheme of wards at the New University Hospital in Caracas.