With the First Red Cross Mission to Serbia

He served in Serbia in charge of The First British Red Cross Serbian Mission in 1915 and graphically describes the inadequate medical facilities in that poor country and how these few medical facilities were swamped by the great Typhus Epidemic of 1915.

In 1915, the cause of Typhus was unknown, although the louse as a vector was suspected. It was not until 1921 that the Rickettsia group of organisms were identified as the causative factor. During WW1 there was no known cure and the mortality approached 15 – 20%. It was recognised that the mortality was higher in older patients and in patients over the age of 50 -60 it approached 50%;

With the First Red Cross Mission to Serbia

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