Over on The Daily Duck my virtual friend, Duck, takes a pot shot at epidemiologists. Perhaps all the serious discoveries have been made and today's researchers have only the food and lifestyle fads of the wealthy nations to observe but it wasn't always so. I felt impelled to defend those of my father-in-law's generation who made a great difference to our understanding of the conditions contributing to the spread of disease.
Here is a light-hearted look at pa-in-law in action in what was then Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. This watercolour was painted by family friend Vera Maw in 1954. She was used to seeing Albert head off into the bush with a truck containing every possible creature comfort. The MM is the younger child, in trademark 'shirt and socks in disarray' mode, having let his white mice escape; older brother Anthony is immaculate as ever, heading for his life as a successful accountant. Clicking on the picture will show the details which show how well Vera knew the family!