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Dr. Simeons was
born in London and graduated in medicine (summa cum laude) at
the University of Heidelberg.
After post-graduate studies in
Germany and Switzerland he was appointed to a large surgical
hospital near Dresden. Later he became engrossed in the study of
tropical diseases, and joined the School of Tropical Medicine in
Then followed two years of work in Africa. In 1931 he
went to India, where he found himself so fascinated by the country
and its health problems that he stayed for eighteen years.
discovered the use of injectable atebrin for malaria
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for which he
was awarded a Red Cross Order of Merit, and also a new method of
staining malaria parasites now known as "Simeons'
During the War he held several important posts under
the Government of India and conducted extensive research on
bubonic plague and leprosy control, and a model leper colony which
he built has now become an all-India center.
It was during these
years that his interest in psychosomatic diseases began to grow:
After India became independent he set up in private practice in
Bombay and was frequently consulted by the Government. In 1949,
with his wife and three sons, he moved to Rome, where he worked on psychosomatic disorders at the Salvator Mundi International
Hospital, until his decease in 1970.
Dr. Simeons is the author of several medical books and
has contributed to many scientific publications.