This is a special edition of the newsletter with a few short films and other source material on tuberculosis. I prepared this for a talk before Gullane and Dirleton History Society – a terrific group (annual membership is a steal at £10).
- Queen’s Nurse Ida Sowler on the QNIS website and her memoir first published by the GDHS.
- The row over the sale of Whatton Lodge just before the NHS was established.
- Louise’s fine LHSA blog on Muirfield and the links between the convalescent home and the Open
- A film (9 min) and my commentary on East Fortune Sanatorium. It was made for the National Prevention for the Prevention of Tuberculosis (NAPT) and the original is also available on the Moving Picture Archive.
- Another NAPT film, featuring Stanley Baxter and Jimmy Logan (1957 3 min) on getting an x-ray. Bill Murray, medical superintendent at East Fortune, was the medical advisor. It was shot in a long take at a Glasgow theatre with a real x-ray at the end. Bill later recalled a moment of anxiety if the x-ray had not been “all clear” the whole film would have to be scrapped….
- Newsreels of the mass TB x-ray campaigns in Glasgow and Edinburgh. These revealed latent TB in the community which was then treated.
- Jimmy Williamson on his time at East Fortune and on treating George Orwell
- Mona Chalmers Watson memorials outside the Elsie Inglis Memorial Hospital.
- Childhood experiences of a TB sanatorium in Wales by my former Herald colleague Ann Shaw: ITV Cymru Wales film (23 min) and story.
- Sir Wilson Jameson, UK Chief Medical Officer, talks about the stigma of TB in his 1942 BBC broadcast. Then he goes to speak about unmentionables. Listen to it in full (15 mins) here.