732 APRIL 3. 1937 CORRESPONDENCE THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOU RNASkL standing that medical illustration is a " specialist's job," "Though I was well acquainted with the road to Dover, which cannot be executed by people who merely "draw and made allowances accordingly, I could not help being and paint a little," is responsible for the low standard chagrined at the bad accommodation and impudent imposition prevalent in this country. We are far behind America to which I was exposed.... I need not tell vou that this is the worst road in England with respect to the conveniences and Germany in this respect. of travelling, and must certainly impress foreigners with an The medical profession ought to realize that this unfavourable opinion of the nation in general. The chambers specialized ancillary service must be given proper sur- are in general cold and comfortless, the beds paltry, the roundings: much of the free-lance work is poor; indeed, cookery execrable, the wine poison, the attendance bad, the many good artists who undertake it are eventually forced publicans insolent, and the bills extortion; there is not a into commercial draughtsmanship because they cannot drop of tolerable malt liquor to be had from London to sacrifice themselves to the cheap production demanded Dover. . . . Dover is commonly termed a den of thieves; of them. and I am afraid it is not altogether without reason that it has acquired this appellation. The people are said to live by The ideal solution to this problem is for each medical piracy in time of war, and by smuggling and fleecing strangers school, hospital, or clinic to employ an artist on the staff, in time of peace; but I will do them the justice to say they and the artist should be prepared to be vitally interested make no distinction between foreigners and natives." in all stages of the research work, and (because of the Poor Smollett, his complaints of conditions in the French previous training) should guide all the illustrative work inns are even more severe, but he hints that he was some- of the department, which should include photography. times " more than usually peevish, from the bad weather I emphasize photography because these two branches are as well as from the dread of a fit of asthma with which- closely united. Good photography as an illustrative agent I was threatened." One cannot accompany him on his cannot be ignored; it is for the artist to combine the two journey from Boulogne to Nice by way of 'Paris, Fontaine- and decide whether a specimen should be drawn or photo- bleau, Dijon, Lyons, and Montpelier without sympathy in graphed. I know many artists will disagree with me, but all his discomforts and grumbles. I have found this essential, and I think medical illustrators The whole volume of his Travels, made up as it is of should hold a broad-minded view when remembering the letters to friends, is full of interest and entertainment. purpose of their work in medical research. Therefore the -I am, etc., artist should be familiar with all branches of scientific Cannes, March 20. A. A. WARDEN. photography, thus knowing the capacities and limitations of both sides.-I am, etc., London, Marclh 13. Z. S. Obituary Medical Aid in Southern Spain ALEXANDER CORSAR STURROCK, M.D. SIR,-Since the fall of Malaga the plight of the wounded Consulting Physician, Salford Royal Hospital and the refugees in Southern Spain is very serious. My Dr. Alexander Corsar Sturrock died at his home in Eccles, husband has taken a British University Ambulance Unit near Manchester, on March 27, at the age of 65. He to Almeria and has succeeded in establishing a hospital, was born at Linlithgow and studied at Edinburgh Univer- two front casualty clearing stations, a food station, and a sity, taking the Master of Arts degree in 1892. After- children's hospital outside the town on the road to Lorca. wards he went on to the medical school and took the He hopes to establish several more at intervals of twenty M.B., C.M. with first-class honours some four years later. miles to the point where the railway begins to run again. In 1898 he gained the M.D. with a gold medal. For- a The unit at present consists of Sir George Young, Miss short time he acted as an assistant in the physiological Thurstan (the commandant), two nurses, three drivers, two department at Edinburgh before being appointed house- cars, and an ambulance. surgeon to the Grimsby Hospital. In 1900 he was ap- A woman doctor and two more nurses went out last pointed resident medical officer to the Manchester Royal week. There has been a wide response to appeals for Infirmary for a period of two years, after which he began supplies for the unit, but its work is severely hampered for a busy and successful life in Eccles as a general practi- lack of surgeons and staff. If any fully qualified doctors tioner. In 1906 he took the M.R.C.P.Lond. He seryed or surgeons were willing and able to go out it is certain for two years in the Royal Army Medical Corps in that many more lives could be saved. Expenses out and Salonica and in France, and was mentioned in dispatches. back will be paid, and keep out there. If such there are, Returning home after the war, with the rank of major, I should be most grateful if they would get in touch with he took up consultant work in Manchester, being appointed me, in the first place, stating for how long they would be to the honorary medical staff of the Salford Royal Hos- able to stay out.-I am, etc., pital. He was at the same time an honorary physician 30, Lower Belgrave Street, S.W.1, J. HELEN YOUNG. to the Eccles and Patricroft hospitals. Dr. Corsar March 29. Sturrock was a member of the Manchester Medical and Pathological Societies, and was honorary secretary of the The Old English Inn Lancashire and Cheshire Branch of the British Medical Association for the years 1923-7. About this time he SIR,-I notice that Lord Horder, in his address to the developed a special interest in nervous and mental diseases, British Health Resorts Association at Bournemouth and took charge of an out-patient department at the (Journal, March 20, p. 626), asked: " Where was the old Salford Royal Hospital, which was organized in associa- English inn, the inn of Dickens, and Fielding, and tion with the County Mental Hospital at Prestwich, and Smollett, and Charles Lamb?" If we may judge by Dr. was at that time a new departure in general hospital Tobias Smollett's description of his journey to the south practice. In collaboration with D. Orr he wrote a paper of France in 1763 it is probably a good thing that these on the " Influence of the Sympathetic on Infections of the old inns in England and in France have disappeared and Central Nervous System." given place to the clean and comfortable hotels that we Corsar Sturrock's opinion was often sought at the assizes all know. Writing from Boulogne, Smollett lets himself go. when any question of the sanity of a prisoner arose.