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'Radio Doctor' on Chilblains

Dr Charles Hill gives his opinions on the causes and treatments of chillblains.

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WRITTEN DOCUMENT 1947


British Medical Association
BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HOUSE
TAVISTOCK SQUARE, LONDON W.C.I
27th January, 1947.

[Graphics: letterhead]

Dear Miss Benzie,

Thank you for yours of the 23rd. True, doctors do not know much about chilblains. They do know, however, that under-feeding, poor clothing and a poor circulation play a part; that tight boots and warming the hands and feet at the fire when they are cold encourage them. There is no specific treatment. Good food, tonics, warm clothing, regular exercise and a cold bath every day improve the circulation. Wide boots, thick woollen socks, no garters, rubbing the hands and feet for warmth, applying hazeline snow - these are preventative measures.

When they are bad, a simple ointment like boracic, with a dressing of wool, are useful. Calcium lactate may be useful, but the effect is doubtful.

Whether this adds up to saying that doctors don't yet know anything to speak of about chilblains, I leave it to you to decide. Certainly, if you take a whopping great chilblain to a doctor he can't plonk something on it or

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give you something to swallow which will certainly cure it.

It's time we had lunch together.

What about Monday, February 10th?

Kind regards,

Yours sincerely,
[Handwriting: signature]
C.H.

Miss I.D. Benzie,
The British Broadcasting Corporation,
Broadcasting House,
W.I.


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Document Type | Letter

27 January 1947

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1947

Synopsis

Dr Charles Hill replies to his programme producer see previous memo about how he might address the thorny issue of chilblains in his regular radio slot.

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The hugely popular Radio Doctor was renowned for his frankness and down-to-earth advice. Some other examples of quotes from the programme are: 'breast milk is the best food' and 'eat something raw every day'.

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