Celebrating Dr West
It is to the disadvantage of Jamaica's development that, during their lifetimes, we do not sufficiently popularise, and lionise, the efforts and achievements of people like Dr Manley West, who died this week.
Dr West was a scientist. He taught pharmaco-logy at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Significantly, with Dr Albert Lockhart, he developed Canasol, a drug for the treatment of the eye disease, glaucoma, from cannabis, or ganja.
In a country and region with a deficit in science and technology, and assumptions that scientists do not look like Dr West and that such skills reside in the global North, Dr West, and others like him, ought to be an inspiration.
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