Research Document # 49
Service Record, D.C.M. Macpherson
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Thirty-nine year-old Dr. D.C.M. Macpherson was, by far, the premiere medical professional in the WPHC. Born and raised in the tiny village of Acharacle in the Scottish Highlands, “Jock” Macpherson received his M.B (Bachelor of Medicine) and Ch.B. (Bachelor of Surgery) from Glasgow University medical school in 1928. In 1929 he became a Medical Officer in the Gilbert & Ellice Islands Colony and, in 1931 was promoted to Senior Medical Officer. MacPherson won a Fellowship in the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation and in July 1933 traveled to the United States on “special study leave on full salary. He earned a Certificate in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in June 1934. Returning to the WPHC in February 1935, he transferred to Fiji Service with a Diplomate in Tropical Medicine. In July 1939 he was appointed Pathologist for the Colony of Fiji and, in October was made Assistant to the Central Medical Authority for the Western Pacific. In May 1940 he became Acting Medical Authority for the Western Pacific. This is his official service record.
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