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A salute to fantastic teamwork MY CITY.

LIVERPOOL is pivotal to the story of the Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) story. The majority of survivors left from, and later returned to, the Pier Head - where a memorial bears testament to their repatriation.

Myself and colleague Meg Parkes, both researchers at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), have now published a second book about the School's collaboration with FEPOW.

It's called Burma Railway Medicine - Disease, Death and Survival on The Thai-Burma Railway, 1942-1945.

Prisoners were underfed, overworked, brutalised and exposed to many tropical diseases, and the book charts captivity in Singapore, Thailand and Burma, and the huge medical problems faced by the PoW doctors - including malaria, dysentery, beri-beri, tropical ulcers and cholera. Deprived of drugs and medical equipment, great ingenuity produced instruments from tins and bamboo, as well as medicines and vitamin preparations from yeast and plants.

Since 1945, LSTM has treated more than 4,000 veterans for persisting, captivity-related health problems. I have worked on their clinical care and research for over 40 years. Meg has interviewed more than 65 FEPOW veterans, and extracts from those who worked on the Thai-Burma Railway feature in this new book. What started in 1945 as a result of the commitment of Professor Brian Maegraith and Liverpool businessman Philip Toosey, the "real" colonel of the PoW camp that built the Bridge over the River Kwai, to help these men, led to LSTM becoming the national centre for FEPOW treatment. The lessons learnt from these men has changed the face of modern tropical and military medicine.

More information is on our website. GEOFF GILL LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE

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