• Tea Time Talk: The Far East prisoner of war experience.

  • Wed, 22-01-2020 at 18:00
  • Victoria Gallery and Museum
    Ashton Street
    L69 3DR Liverpool
Tea Time Talk: The Far East prisoner of war experience. - Victoria Gallery and Museum - Liverpool

The Far East prisoner of war experience - disease, death, survival and aftermath by Professor Geoff Gill and Dr Nick Beeching,The exhibition opening will be extended until 5.50pm, the lecture will start 6pm prompt.The Gallery café will not be open, but there is a variety of venues selling refreshments in the vicinity. As the cafe will not be available, we are happy for you to consume outside (non-alcoholic) beverages on the ground floor in the cafe space, but no beverages will be allowed upstairs.Free but booking is essential.This talk will focus on conditions during imprisonment of Far East prisoners of war (FEPOW) under the Japanese in the Second World War, the medical problems faced, and the long term health effects amongst survivors.About 140,000 Allied troops were imprisoned, many suffered from malaria, dysentery, beriberi, cholera and tropical ulcers. Drugs and medical equipment were in short supply, though many camp workshops did remarkable work to manufacture equipment and sometimes even drugs for medical use. Nevertheless, about 25% of FEPOW died during captivity.Post-war, survivors frequently suffered long-term health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), duodenal ulcers, liver disease, and chronic worm infections.Geoff Gill is Emeritus Professor of International Medicine, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine & University of Liverpool.And Dr Nick Beeching is Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Senior Lecturer at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine & University of Liverpool.This talk with be of interest to health professionals and historians, and anyone who wants to find more of the medical ingenuity of camp doctors and LSTM’s work with FEPOW suvivors.Image - Portrait of Mr Stanley, an ex-POW held by the Japanese in Changi Gaol, Singapore, who on release was a patient in hospital in Rangoon.Watercolour by Gunner Ashley George Old, Rangoon, September 1945© Bartholomew family, Courtesy of the Council of the National Army Museum