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This first hand account tells you a great deal about how tropical disease research developed in Nigeria, the UN system, and the world.
In roughly chronological order, the author tells how he went from colonial Nigeria to academe, and from there to becoming director of the WHO Special Programme on Tropical Disease Research. In the meantime, you learn how "Lucas brought VD to Ibadan," among other things.
There is much here about the internal workings of the Nigerian government and W.H.O. For those with interests in health research in Africa, this is a must have.