IS THERE A PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY ON WHAT TO DO IN COVID CRISES? JUST AS THERE WAS IN 1919:
This well-used book is Maritime Quarantine Administration : [Pt.] 1, Quarantine law and principles / by J. H. L. Cumpston. [Pt. 2,] Quarantine examination of vessels/D. G. Robertson. [Pt.] 3, The design and construction of quarantine stations/J. S. C. Elkington. [Pt.] 4, Management of quarantine stations, J. S. C. Elkington, 225 pages, with diagrams, photographs and foldout maps. The maps showed the days of travel between international posts and Australia, no doubt to gauge whether there had been time for passengers and crew to display signs or symptoms of infectious diseases. From the collection of Edwin J., 24.2×15.2cm, stapled.
The preface notes:
as there is not, in the English language, a comprehensive text-book dealing with the principles and practice of maritime quarantine, it was found necessary to compile such a publication….quarantine stations no longer may consist of ‘plague camps’ where any improvised accommodation will suffice….
This is an ex-library collection, which in turn is noted to have come from the private library of Dr Bryan Gandevia’s library (purchased from La Maison du Livre). A short biography of Dr Gandevia can be found here via the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He was a respiratory physician and medical historian, ‘he was part of a team which managed to turn the infectious diseases hospital[Prince of Wales Hospital NSW] into a centre of excellence’.
Interestingly it seems to be held in only one public collection, so a rare item.
Wendi Bradshaw says
What a wonderful glimpse into the past. It would surely be a revelation to read through this book, to compare quarantine practice and social concerns, with now. Thanks for sharing.