Friday, 20 September 2013

Archive Collection of the Month: Charles Wilcocks

LSHTM's current exhibition on Global Mental Health  features one of Charles Wilcock's scripts, 'Disorders of the Mind' which is from LSHTM Archives. This was part of a series called 'Doctor in the House', broadcast on the BBC's General Overseas Service (an earlier version of what is now the World Service) between July 1962 - March 1964. 'Disorders of the Mind' was broadcast on 10 May 1963.
Wilcocks broadcast at least 90 episodes. They lasted about 8 minutes and covered a broad range of health issues. Wilcocks also wrote several other health-related series for the Overseas Service such as 'Women and the World' and ' Techniques for the Tropics'.
Wilcocks' archive also includes a watercolour of  a typical medical officer's residence in East Africa in the 1920s-1930s. Wilcocks is probably the artist.

Wilcocks' Background:
Charles Wilcocks (1896-1977) was a graduate of Manchester University and  served in the First World War in Egypt and the Palestine Campaign, 1915-19. In 1924, he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree (MB Ch.B.). He then joined the East African Medical Service in 1927, becoming Tuberculosis Research Officer in Tanganyika in 1930. From 1938-1961, he worked at the Bureau of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases and was its director from 1942 to 1961. He took the Diploma in Tropical Medicine &Hygiene at LSHTM in 1941 and was awarded the Andrew Balfour Memorial Scholarship in the same year.
On leaving the Bureau, he undertook a number of roles in the field of public health and tropical medicine, including consultant to the Counties Public Health Laboratories, London, 1962-1976, a member of the Court of Governors of LSHTM, 1963-1971 and a writer and narrator of a large volume of scripts for BBC radio

To find out more about the Wilcocks collection, or  LSHTM Archives, see our web pages

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