‘Drugs, made to keep man fit to kill one another, are now being given freely to heal… enemies.’

A country-wide epidemic and a hard-working Quaker doctor. Sergei Nikitin on Russia in 1922

Typhus and cholera staff, Buzuluk Epidemic Hospital. From Melville Mackenzie’s archive. | Photo: Printed with permission of Andrew Mackenzie.

In December 1921, one of the world’s oldest medical journals, the Lancet, published an advertisement which came from the Religious Society of Friends. Quakers urgently needed a doctor for work in Russia: a terrible famine there was accompanied by illnesses.

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