In Carthage ruins: the illness of Sir Winston Churchill at Carthage, December 1943


This paper reviews Churchill’s illness in Carthage in December 1943. It was characterised by fever that lasted 6 days, left lower lobe pneumonia and two episodes of atrial fibrillation. He was managed in a private villa by Lord Moran, his personal physician, with the assistance of two nurses and the expert advice of colleagues. Sulphadiazine and digitalis leaf were precribed and Churchill recovered.  It is remarkable that, despite the severity of his illness, he continued to direct the affairs of State from his bed.