丹尼斯-伯基特博士。弗瑪納向 "超級明星 "癌症先驅致敬

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丹尼斯-伯基特博士。弗瑪納向 "超級明星 "癌症先驅致敬

伯基特博士因其對一種兒童癌症(現在稱為伯基特淋巴瘤)的研究以及對膳食纖維對避免結腸直腸癌的重要性的研究而被人們所銘記。

"史密斯教授說:"他在20世紀50年代和60年代在非洲所做的工作是癌症醫學中任何其他個人都無法比擬的。

伯基特博士在恩尼斯基林的波托拉皇家學校上學。他報名參加了TCD的工程學學習,但為了遵從基督教的召喚成為一名醫生,他轉到了醫學院。

"他因其開創性的工作而聞名於世,但在弗瑪納本身卻沒有。我說'讓我們做一些事情',但由於Covid的原因,花了三年時間,"他說。

牌匾的揭幕恰好與鄧迪大學的約翰-卡明斯教授出版的這位醫學先驅的新傳記同時進行。

伯基特醫生在第二次世界大戰期間在東非的皇家陸軍醫療隊服役,這使他在衝突後繼續在烏干達從事醫療工作。

這次檢查導致了一個漫長的研究過程,包括在非洲中部地區進行了數百英里的旅行,這導致了伯基特淋巴瘤的鑑定。

他還說服製藥公司免費提供化療藥,並開發了適合撒哈拉以南非洲人民生活條件的新療法。

伯基特博士和他的妻子奧利弗在20世紀60年代初回到英國,在那裡他開始了關於結腸直腸癌和在飲食中加入纖維的重要性的工作。

從他在非洲的工作中,他得出結論,在西方國家經歷的許多疾病是飲食和生活方式的結果。

1979年,這位資深研究人員出版了一本書《別忘了飲食中的纖維》。這本書針對的是普通大眾而不是專業科學界,並成為一本暢銷書。


Dr Burkitt is remembered for his research on a childhood cancer, now known as Burkitt's lymphoma, and on the importance of dietary fibre for the avoidance of colorectal cancer.

"What he did in Africa in the 1950s and the 1960s is unparalleled by any other individual in cancer medicine," Prof Smith said.

Dr Burkitt attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen. He signed up to study engineering at TCD but transferred to the medical school to follow a Christian calling to become a doctor.

"He's so well-known around the world for his seminal works, but not in Fermanagh itself. I said 'let's do something', but it took three years because of Covid," he said.

The unveiling of the plaque coincides with the publication of a new biography of the medical pioneer by Prof John Cummings of Dundee University.

Dr Burkitt served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in east Africa during World War Two, which led him to continue his medical work in Uganda after the conflict.

This examination led to a long process of research, including hundreds of miles of travel around central Africa, which led to the identification of Burkitt's lymphoma.

He also persuaded pharmaceutical companies to provide chemotherapy dugs for free, and developed new treatments suited to the living conditions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Burkitt and his wife, Olive, returned to the UK in the early 1960s where he began work on colorectal cancer and the importance of including fibre in the diet.

From his time in Africa he concluded that many diseases experienced in western countries were the result of diet and lifestyle

In 1979, the veteran researcher published a book, Don't Forget Fibre in you Diet. This was aimed at the general public rather than the specialist scientific community and became a bestseller.

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