Obituary: Dame Janet Vaughan
Saturday 23 January 1993
It dates back to her work in Belsen concentration camp. The war in Europe was not yet over, but rumours were seeping through about the appalling starvation in the camps just liberated by the Allied advance. The treatment of starvation was one of Vaughan's areas of research, and she was determined to see for herself. At the time, theory on how best to deal with the problem was divided, Vaughan's views conflicting with the prevailing wisdom.
She overcame all the difficulties of getting to the Continent in wartime. Dauntless, she cajoled a jeep and bodyguard out of the military authorities, who were not particularly eager to help, and was among the first to enter Belsen and see its horrors. With scientific detachment she set about putting the rival treatment theories to the test. She was proved triumphantly right; the survival rate of those treated as Vaughan prescribed was spectacularly superior. She prescribed, it seems, simple feeding with solutions of milk powder, as against an intravenous saline treatment then in vogue.
Her success in Belsen caused the War Office to alter completely the preparations then being made for the release of starving British prisoners in the Far East, expected later in the year. As a result the British authorities were ready with the necessary supplies when the Japanese capitulated. Thousands owed their lives to Janet Vaughan's ruthless determination to discover the facts about the treatment of starvation.
- 1 Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul's libraries
- 2 Scarlett Johansson new band 'already hit with legal complaint' from another The Singles
- 3 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 5 'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul's libraries
Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
Mohammed Emwazi: Nine things we know about Isis militant 'Jihadi John'
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
'Jihadi John': Mohammed Emwazi – from British computer programmer to Isis executioner
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...
£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...
£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...