J.B. Baikie – Doctor and Explorer
Dr. James Balfour Baikie died, aged thirty nine, on the West Coast of Africa one hundred years ago. His name appears in the History of the Royal Medical Society as having been its President in 1847-48: that and nothing, absolutely nothing, more. Yet this man was one of the most remarkable of the many great medical graduates of Edinburgh in the nineteenth century and his name is revered by all scholars of West African history.
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