Reference numberNLB/46/687
Alternative reference numberNLB/46 p410a-412
TitleCopy letter from John Rose Bradford, to The Under Secretary of State, the Colonial Office
Date16 October 1912
DescriptionThe Tropical Diseases Committee had before them at their last meeting letters from Dr H L Duke, who has been in charge of the experiments at Mpumu Laboratory, near Entebbe, and from Miss [Muriel] Robertson, who was sent out on a special mission of investigation. Both report that the work will be completed this autumn, and will make proposals for further prosecution of their investigations.

Duke proposes making an expedition to Ankole, and neighbouring Kative and Lake Albert, with a view to carrying out investigations relating to the animal reservoir of cattle trypansomes, and to the part that wild game may be playing in the spread of Sleeping Sickness in these districts where there is a considerable amount of the disease. Dr Hodges thoroughly approves, and the Committee agreed to recommend this course to the Colonial Office.

Robertson reports that she expects to complete her work upon the life history of the trypanosomes by the end of this month. She proposes that she should be allowed to devote the remaining fifteen months to an investigation in the Wellcome Research Laboratory at Khartoum into the splenomegaly of dogs, in relation to its incidence in children. The Committee did not see their way to recommend so wide a departure from the original subject, and they reserve their opinion as to the best mode of utilising her services.

Regarding the further use of the Mpumu Laboratory, Duke suggests that infected antelope be kept in charge of native attendants. The Committee are of the definite opinion it would be most undesirable for the Laboratory to be closed altogether.

A letter was also presented from Sir David Bruce in Nyasaland [Malawi] dated at the end of July. He asks whether he will be able to take a six month leave of absence to attend the International Medical Congress in August. The Committee thinks that he should be enabled to do so, so long as it is not detrimental to his work. This relies on the term for which the Commission is appointed. It is hoped it will have ample time allowed for them to complete the investigations already begun at Kasu Hill.
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Fellows associated with this archive
NA1395Bradford; Sir; John Rose (1863 - 1935); physician and physiologist1863 - 1935
NA8015Robertson; Muriel (1883 - 1973)1883 - 1973
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