I continued looking through the 1950s Cable and Wireless magazine:
There is usually a women’s page: extolling the virtues of making the small meat ration last for several days, or how to be more glamorous. Most issues of Zodiac advertise the value of biscuits.
However, my quest this week was to explore medical records. I started with a large leger – one of several, from the archives. It was full of handwritten, almost illegible medical notes. Each page had a number and the name of the employee and notes about their medical condition. All the pages I read referred to male employees of the company working in various parts of the world returning to London for their medical check-ups in the 1920s to 1940s. There would not have been the medical tests nor medication available that we have today. The entries noted the man’s weight, and this seemed to be a useful measure of how well or ill he was. There were references to diabetes, renal stones and urinary infections. I wanted to gain a general impression but next time I will make more extensive notes about the medical conditions mentioned. I also plan to search the database to discover if there are more references to the health and wellbeing of the employees. My search will include looking for references to preparing employees for travelling to countries with very little medical cover.