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BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7166.1162d (Published 24 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1162
  1. Christopher Martyn
  1. BMJ
    • The fracture of the left humerus that Livingstone sustained during the famous attack by a lion at Mabotsa in 1843 was still not united when a postmortem examination was performed on his pickled body after its return to England in April 1874. C S Nicholls' pocket biography, David Livingstone (Sutton Publishing, =A34.99, ISBN 0 7509 1591 9), is full of such intriguing facts. But I wanted to know more about his inner journeys. Questions about what drove Livingstone to undertake …

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