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TULLOCH, Alexander Murray.

Statistical Reports on the Sickness, Mortality, & Invaliding among Her Majesty’s Troops

serving in Ceylon; the Tenasserim Provinces; and the Burmese Empire. Prepared from the Records of the Army Medical Department, and War-Office Returns.

Published: London: printed by W. Clowes and Sons for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1841

Stock code: 38339

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First edition. Tulloch’s work represents the first fruits of the statistical enquiries into mortality that he began while serving in Burma. His painstaking gathering and interpretation of such data was to lead to his selection with Sir John McNeill to inquire into the Commissariat in the Crimea, resulting in controversial criticism of military arrangements and confrontation with Lord Lucan at a specially convened Board. “The Board’s report rejected the findings of McNeill and Tulloch, shifting responsibility for supply difficulties from the Crimea to civilian departments in Whitehall. In 1857 Tulloch published a detailed justification of his actions in The Crimean Commission and the Chelsea Board, which drew further criticism from [the Commissary-General] but secured parliamentary approval; he was appointed KCB in April 1857.” This copy inscribed, in a secretarial hand, “Presented to the Library of The Royal College of Surgeons by Sir James M’Grigor”. M’Grigor, Wellington’s Chief of Medical Staff in the Peninsula and a radical innovator of front-line medical practice, rose to become director-general of the Army Medical Department and instigated numerous key reforms to aid in the medical and social well-being of the British Army, one of which was the collection and collation of such medical reports from all military stations. Uncommon: five copies only on Copac, three of which appear to be in BL; OCLC lists just one copy in the NY Academy of Medicine.

Folio (327 205 mm). Numerous tables, 5 of them folding. Ex-Royal College of Surgeons’ Library, ink-stamp and cancellation to title page only, light browning throughout, slight staining at the inner margin of prelims. and last few leaves, but overall very good in modern drab paper-covered boards, old label mounted on the upper board.

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