James Paget StanfieldBMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4771 (Published 17 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4771
- Chris Mahony
There is something very end of empire about a British paediatrician lying on the floor in Idi Amin’s Uganda, simultaneously listening to gunfire outside and an eminent paediatrician being interviewed on the BBC World Service.
For James Paget Stanfield, known to friends and colleagues as Paget, who died in August aged 91, the experience presaged the unwelcome end to the first of two long stints in east Africa. Having been in the vicinity of gunfire on several occasions, he eventually followed his wife and children—and most other Westerners—out of Uganda shortly after that incident in 1973.
Stanfield was the son of a Wirral accountant who gave up medical training after serving as a stretcher bearer in the first world war. His own work as professor of paediatrics at Kampala’s Makerere University and, for two years, senior paediatrician at the linked Medical Research Council’s child nutrition unit at Mulago Hospital, had already established him as an authority on child malnutrition and infectious …