Influenza, 1918BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7531.1536 (Published 22 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1536
- Iain H Wilson, joint medical director and consultant anaesthetist (firstname.lastname@example.org)1
- 1Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter EX2 5DW
9th April 1919
Dear Mr Martin,
I arrived at Aldershot this morning, and got your letter dated the 30th of last month. The unit I was in charge of in East Africa came home on 12th March, and since then I have been on leave. I intended to write to you about your son, as soon as I settled down.
We had a dreadful experience, when influenza broke out in Port Amelia [Mozambique]. As well as your son, eleven of the hospital staff died, and a large number of the white and Indian Garrison.
Your son did not get infected by “Ingle,” who was in his tent, but I think some time after Ingle was admitted, and undoubtedly contracted it while doing his medical duties in his wards. At the time I think he was in charge of some Indian wards. I saw him myself every day during the time …