Acheson, James Alexander

  • Acheson, James Alexander, 1892-1968.
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The collection comprises a casebookand photographs re yaws in Northern Rhodesia, 1925-1926.



Physical description

1 box

Acquisition note

These items were given to the Wellcome Museum of Medical Science in 1983 by the widow of Dr Acheson. When the Museum closed, its collections were transferred to the newly-formed Wellcome Tropical Institute, and in 1989 the WTI collections were in turn transferred to the library at Wellcome Collection.

Biographical note

J.A. Acheson graduated MB, BCh, BAO from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1921.

He was Medical Officer for the British South Africa Company and subsequently for the Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia [Zambia] from 1923 to 1948, and had a special interest in dermatology.

His MD thesis, "Framboesia tropica or yaws, with special reference to its occurrence in the Kasempa District of Northern Rhodesia" (1927), was based on the observations recorded in these notes and photographs.

Further biographical details can be found in the obituary in the British Medical Journal, 17 February 1968.

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Accession number

  • WTI/1