Arthur Wint:  CHANGING GEARS TO MEDICINE

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  • 1953 - Ran his final race at Wembley Stadium in London.

  • Graduated as a Doctor and did his internship at St. Bartholomew's Hospital.

  • 1954 - Arthur Wint was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE), by Queen Elizabeth II.

  • 1955 - returned to Jamaica and worked at the Surgical Unit of the University College of the West Indies.

  • 1956 & 1958 - His second and third daughters born.

  • 1958 - Returned to England to study surgery. Worked at Altrincham General Hospital, Cheshire, while instructing in Anatomy at Manchester University.

  • 1962 - Jamaica gained Independence from Britain, and Wint was brought home for the celebrations. He carried the torch into the National Stadium for the Central American and Caribbean Games, which took place immediately after the Independence celebrations.

  • 1963 - He gained the post-graduate degree FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons), following which the family returned to live in Jamaica.

  • 1963-1967 - He worked at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), as well as the Children's Hospital and Falmouth General Hospital.

  • He was then appointed Senior Medical Officer, stationed in Lucea, Hanover.

Reminiscences from Dr. A. Eric Dornier, a colleague at Barts (St. Bartholomew's Hospital).
"Barts was delighted to offer him a place. He was, of course, a world athlete but of importance was the fact that not only would he turn out for his country and his club, but that he would also readily appear for London University, the United Hospitals, and for Bart's itself.
He captained the London University team versus Paris University in Paris, and responded to the toast at the evening reception at the Sorbonne -- with white-gloved attendants. (I may say when we entertained Paris back in London we could not offer such luxury). Arthur and I ran the 800m. The French had felt that we would beat both of their university men and asked permission to field an additional non-university runner who, it was hoped, would help France retain a bit of gloire. As I overtook that runner, he tried to hold back my shorts -- but I am pleased to say London ended up one and two. Arthur, of course, was one. He and I were both awarded full colours -- the London University full Purple."

CONTENTS

The Early Years
The War Years & RAF (Royal Air Force)
Athletics

Changing Gears to Medicine

Medical Career & Social Involvement

Later Years
What Others Say -- Roger Bannister

What Others Say -- Mal Whitfield

What Others Say -- Michael Manley

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