Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison Pollock Charles Edward
Major Charles Edward Pollock
DSO (1917) CB (1921) CBE (1919) MRCS LRCP 25 Apr 1868 [Paisley] – 18 May 1929
Major Charles Edward Pollocke was the son of A R Pollock of Greenhill, Paisley, JP for the county of Renfrew. He was educated at Wellington College and Guy's Hospital London.
On 24 February 1904, Lord Esher's Committee recommended the attachment of an RAMC office to the Directorate of Military Operations which dealt with military intelligence so as to learn form the medical organisation of foreign armies. Major Pollock was the second officer to be appointed and took over from Lt Col Macpherson William Grant.
Service Record — Charles Edward Pollock
30 Jan 1893 Surgeon-Lieutenant.
30 Jan 1896 Appointed Surgeon-Captain.
1897–1898 Served on the North West Frontier British India. Took part in operations on the North West Frontier of India, with the Tirah Expeditionary Force. Received a medal with two clasps.
11 Oct 1899–31 May 1902 Served in the Anglo–Boer War, South Africa. Received the Queen's Medal with two clasps.
Jan 1904 Started a six month tour of the principal European Hospitals to study the most recent treatments of venereal diseases.
30 July 1904 Promoted Major RAMC. Passed his examination for promotion for the rank of Major in Oct 1903. He was awarded a 2nd Class certificate which made him eligible to six months acceleration in promotion.
Malta July–Dec 1905 Officer in charge Military Hospital Cottonera. In 1905, Major Pollock introduced the irrigation treatment of gonorrhoea at the Cottonera Hospital. Soon after, this treatment was adopted by the other hospitals in Malta.
The urethra was irrigated twice a day, morning and evening, with the intention of getting rid of the gonococcus from the mucosa. Potassium permanganate 1 to 2 grains to the pint was mainly used, but silver nitrate 2 grains to the pint or albargin 2 to 5 grains to the pint were also used. When the discharge had ceased entirely and the urine remained clear for five successive mornings, the disease was assumed cured and the soldier returned to duty. If threads or mucus persisted in spite of every change of treatment, the soldier was ordered a pint of beer and 4 ounces of pickles daily for five days. If this failed to produce any increased turbidity or mucoid discharge the soldier was returned to duty and observed.
Maj Masters kept a number of these cases at Mtarfa, under observation while performing duty. In practically every case the urine cleared up in one to five weeks. All acute cases were kept in bed till their symptoms subsided. In the ordinary mildly acute case the patient was allowed up with his bed down, and the chronic cases were kept up from the start. All acute cases were placed on a milk diet with porridge and barley water till the scalding had ceased. They were then placed on an ordinary diet. During the acute stage, patients were treated with 5 grains of citrate of lithium and 10 grain of urotropin three times a day to relieve scalding.
In the subacute stage, balsam of copaiba, or sandal wood oil were prescribed. Benzoic Acid 15 grains three times a day was given when the urine was turbid but in Maj Pollock's experience, none of these drugs given orally were of any use. Potassium permanganate 1 to 2 grains to the pint, and silver nitrate 2 grains to the pint, or albargin 2 1/2 to 5 grains to the pint were also administered.
4 Jan 1906 At Felixstowe he married Winifred Mabel Jay, youngest daughter of C. E. H. Jay, late of the War Office, of Glenesk, Felixstowe.
Malta Feb 1906 In England on leave.
Malta May 1906 Specialist in Venereal Diseases and Dermatology.
Malta 19 Oct 1906 Birth of a daughter at Valletta.
Malta Jan 1907 Specialist in Venereal Diseases and Dermatology at Valletta Military Hospital.