Volume s1-24, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The late Professor Warrington Yorke was a product of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and one of its most distinguished members. In addition to his jealous maintenance of the high standards set by earlier workers at the school, he earned for himself an international reputation in the world of medical science, and his outstanding original work on trypanosomiasis, blackwater fever, the nematode parasites, and many other parasitic and tropical diseases has permanently enriched our knowledge of these subjects.

In the latter part of his career, so untimely cut short, Yorke's exceptional energy and ability were increasingly devoted to the elucidation of the mode of action and the therapeutic value of chemical compounds, especially in parasitic diseases. As a direct result of his pioneer work, new and more potent weapons were forged to combat a number of diseases, in particular leishmaniasis and trypanosomiasis.That these discoveries were of far more than academic interest has been proved by their increasingly wide employment; indeed, it maybe said that Yorke's introduction of drugs of the diamidine series is rendering possible the mastery of kala-azar in those parts of the world where the disease is peculiarly resistant to the antimonial compounds.


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