Ashton, Dr L. P.: report on smallpox epidemic in Nyanza Province, Kenya, 1945

  • Ashton, Leigh Perry (1908-2000), medical missionary
  • Archives and manuscripts

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Report on smallpox epidemic in Nyanza Province, autumn 1945, 'Review of variola major epidemic in Nyanza Province, Kenya, by Dr Ashton of the Church Missionary Society Hospital, Maseno, with 12 photographs of patients.



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1 file, 1 packet

Acquisition note

This material was given to the library at Wellcome Collection in September 1996 by Dr. Ashton via his daughter, Ms Ruth Ashton.

Biographical note

Dr Leigh Perry Ashton (b 1908) qualified in medicine at Bristol in 1931 and worked as a medical missionary in Kenya from 1934 until 1964, apart from Second World War service with the King's African Rifles. In September 1945 he was Medical Officer at Maseno Church Missionary Society Hospital in western Kenya, where he treated 244 cases of smallpox in three months. This report records his observations and conclusions.

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  • 673