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Dr. Giglioli {1897- 1975} and the fight against malaria in British Guiana

Dr. Giglioli {1897- 1975} and the fight against malaria in British Guiana

By Dmitri Allicock

Dr. George Giglioli

Dr. George Giglioli

Guyana’s development was seriously hampered by the prevalence of numerous tropical diseases, among which malaria was the worst. The Italian physician, Dr. George Giglioli, – The Demerara Doctor -[ see PAHO publication here], was in great part responsible for fighting this disease for more than four decades and drastically reducing its effects on the population.

Born in 1897 in Pisa, Italy, to an Italian father and an English mother, George Giglioli grew up speaking both parents’ languages, as well as French. In 1915, during his last year of high school in his hometown of Pisa, Italy, he was encouraged to study medicine by a physician friend of his father.

During his first year of medical training at the University of Pisa, World War I had already started, and he was called up for military duty in 1916. Continue reading