Modern treatment of cholera under active service conditions : being an account of an outbreak at Tiberias in 1918
Clark, Thomas Lindsay
The Cholera outbreak at Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee in Oct., 1918, that I am about to describe was of great importance from a military point of view. Consequently, the author and a bacteriologist, (Capt. A. Compton, R.A.M.C., O.C. 32 Mobile Laboratory) were dispatched to the scene of the outbreak in order to investigate the conditions and, in short, to adopt any measures possible to suppress the epidemic. The matter was of considerable urgency. Tiberias lay on the direct line of communication for troops operating in the Damascus area, and it was essential that all reinforcements and food supplies pass through the town. The hilly nature of the country, the arid soil, the daily extremes of temperature at that season of the year - for the days were hot and the nights bitterly cold - the deficient and defective water supply - all these factors had a bearing upon the health of the troops and the nature of the problem. Had Cholera spread at that critical period to any great extent it might have brought, what proved to be, one of the most brilliant feats in military history, to an untimely close.