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Sir Ambrose Thomas Stanton, M.D., K.C.M.G. 1875-1938

Sir Ambrose Thomas Stanton, M.D., K.C.M.G. 1875-1938

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of Durham
The Municipality of Clarington
In Kirby, in front of the Clarke Museum and Archives
on the west side, at the northern end of Old Kirby School Road
at Durham Road 9 and Highway 35/115


Coordinates: N 44 00.928 W 78 36.568

Map

Plaque Text

A distinguished authority on tropical diseases, Stanton was born near here and educated at Trinity Medical College, Toronto. In 1907, after serving as house surgeon at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London, England, he accepted a position at the Institute for Medical Research in present day Malaysia. There, working with Henry Fraser, the institutes's director, Stanton made the revolutionary discovery that beriberi, a debilitating and fatal disease, was caused by a dietary deficiency. He also advanced anti-malaria studies and found the cure for an infectious disease contracted by rubber workers. Appointed Chief Medical Adviser in the British Colonial Office in 1926, Stanton worked tirelessly to promote awareness of medical issues among government officials. For his outstanding contributions to medical science, he was knighted in 1934.

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