Joseph Barnes (Irish doctor)

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Joseph Barnes
Born (1914-11-14)14 November 1914
Belfast, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (now Northern Ireland)
Died 6 May 2017(2017-05-06) (aged 102)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Physician, medical missionary

Joseph Barnes (14 November 1914 – 4 May 2017) was an Irish physician and medical missionary who worked in leper colonies in West Africa in the 1940s.[1][2][3][4] Most notably, he co-founded International Community for the Relief of Suffering and Starvation (ICROSS) with Michael Elmore-Meegan.

Born in Belfast, Barnes lectured in tropical medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He became a centenarian in November 2014, and died in 2017, aged 102.[5][6][7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ Hardiman, David (ed.), Healing Bodies, Saving Souls: Medical Missions in Asia and Africa, Rodopi, B.V. (2006)
  2. ^ Harries, Patrick and David Maxwell (eds.), The Spiritual in the Secular: Missionaries and Knowledge about Africa, William B Eerdmans Publishing Company (2012).
  3. ^ Geissler, Paul Wenzel (ed.), Para-States and Medical Science: Making African Global Health, Duke University Press (2015).
  4. ^ "Joseph Barnes – An Appreciation". The Irish Times. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Co-founder of ICROSS Dr Joe Barnes over 100 years old". Latest News. ICROSS. 9 January 2015. Archived from the original on 23 August 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Founder of ICROSS has died". ICROSS. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  7. ^ "History of the Department". Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  8. ^ "The taming of Tuberculosis and leprosy". Antimicrobial Drugs- Chronicle of a Twentieth Century Medical Triumph. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Forays into the field- Trailing B.283 in Nigeria". Evidence, Ethos and Experiment-The Anthropology and History of Medical Research in Africa.
  10. ^ "Samaritans on Safari". The Rotarian. Retrieved 22 September 2017.

External links

  • Profile,; accessed 22 September 2017.
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