Episode 18: Dr. Livingstone, I presume?


By the time that David Livingstone died on the banks of Lake Bangweulu, his name was already legend — first, as a great explorer, becoming the first European to lay eyes on Victoria Falls and Lake Malawi, and second as a fierce advocate against the slave trade. But we often forget that he was a medical doctor, and made significant contributions to the nascent field of tropical medicine. In Episode 18 of Bedside Rounds, I recount his innovations in fighting malaria and discuss all the fun (by which I mean quite gross, and very deadly) tropical diseases that he described in his journals. Even though the phrase was almost certainly made up, you should still listen to “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”


  • Barrett MP et al, Inside Doctor Livingstone: a Scottish icon’s encounter with tropical disease, Parasitology. 2016 Dec 8:1-11.
  • Livingstone Online, www.livingstoneonline.org


  • All music thanks to Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com
  • Tracks include: Hidden Past, Deadly Roulette, DarxieLand, Serpentine Track, BrandenBurg No4, Path of the Goblin King, and Overworld