Mr Churchill has been taken again with pneumonia… They are using M and B. If they can prolong so a life so valuable for a few years that will be something, though the Nature Cure people dislike this treatment.

M and B was a common name for sulphapyridine, “the first chemical cure for pneumonia.”

From Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-1945, which I bought from The Book Depository


Winston’s shell. Designer Graham demostrates Winston Churchill’s personal pressure chamber, created to enable him to make high-altitude flights safely. In: Life, 10 Feb 1947.

To protect the precious bulk of Winston Churchill in wartime a special one-man pressure chamber was built for the personal plane which carried him many times across the Atlantic and to Casablanca, Moscow and Yalta. Churchill was warned by his doctors that it was dangerous for a man of his age and physical condition to fly above 8,000 feet. The solution was a pressure chamber complete with ash trays, telephone and an air-circulation system good enough to prevent smoke from the ubiquitous cigar from fogging the atmosphere.

I kind of want this as a writing chamber. Although I don’t smoke cigars.

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