Report of Tour - Panama

Scope and Content

Typescript copy and rough annotated copy of Wilkinson's report of his time in Panama, the first stop on his trip. He gives a brief description of the country's geography etc. before relating his own experiences beginning with his arrival in Panama City and including his visit to the newly built Hospital General del Seguro Social. He gives an overview of the hospital's facilities, attitudes of staff, and describes the catering and dietetic department. A Dr Sousa-Lennox then gives him a tour of parts of the city, including the aquaria and a private art collection, before attending a cocktail party for which he lists all the doctors and officials invited.

Wilkinson then visits Gorgas Hospital in the Canal Zone making references to nurse shortages, the US troops they treat, and some of its facilities. He describes the different division and facilities under the Canal Zone Health Bureau. He is given a detailed tour of the Gorgas Memorial Institute and Laboratory by Dr Carl M. Johnson, Director and Pathologist, where work is being carried out on malaria, leishmaniasis, filariasis, amoebic dysentery, and equine trypanosomiasis.

He gave a lecture on leukaemias to the University Medical School, one on haemorrhagic diseases to the Medical Association of Panama, and spoke about aplastic and refractory anaemias in the School of Medicine at the Santo Tomas Hospital followed by an inspection of the hospital where he also saw some cases. He reflects on the influence of the US on medical practice in Panama and the scope available for visiting European doctors to undertake research.

Accompanied by a photo and a plan of Gorgas Hospital.