Professor Geoff Gill
Geoff Gill trained in medicine at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and came to Liverpool as Senior House Officer in Tropical Medicine at Sefton General Hospital.
His clinical lead was Dion Bell, and he became fascinated by the FEPOWs he met at the Tropical Unit – both their stories and their medical problems. With Dr Bell he began a large study of the FEPOWs seen in Liverpool since 1968, leading to a major publication in the British Medical Journal in 1979 (and expanded in 1982) on persisting Strongyloides stercoralis infection in FEPOWs, and an MD thesis in 1980 on the long-term health effects of Far East imprisonment. Over the next 10-15 years many research papers concerning FEPOW health effects were published in medical journals.