Dr J.W. Lee: "... among WHO's highest priorities"
Dr Jong-Wook Lee, Director-General, World
Health Organization (WHO), signed in 2003 this comment on
the inside cover of
Icons of Europe's biography,
"Chopin and The Swedish Nightingale":
"The fight against the great infectious killers - HIV/AIDS,
tuberculosis and malaria - must remain among WHO's highest priorities."
The founders of Icons of Europe have, as
authors and publishers of the biography, dedicated its
income to the fight against tuberculosis.
We are a partner of the
About Chopin's illness
Chopin may have contracted TB at an early age. Three months after Jenny
Lind met Chopin, The Times reported that she raised funds for a
new eastern wing of the Hospital for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest, London through
her morning concert at Her Majesty's Theatre on 31 July 1848.
Chopin writes later in a letter of 22 November 1848: "Sir J.
Clark the Queen's doctor came once to see me". It must have taken Jenny Lind's
royal connections to arrange that. Sir James (1788-1870) was a specialist in
pulmonary consumption on which he wrote a paper in 1835. He had written a paper on
"The Influence of Climate in Chronic Diseases" in 1829.
According to the Royal College of Physicians: "In 1834 he [Dr
Clark] obtained, via recommendation by the King of the Belgians, the appointment of
physician to the Duchess of Kent. The appointment involved the medical care of
Princess Victoria. Accordingly, this led to a large increase in his business and
reputation. Upon Queen Victoria's accession to the throne in 1837, Clark was
appointed the Queen's physician in ordinary, and was created baronet."