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The so-called Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918/19 infected around a third of the world’s population in four lethal waves. Many people thought there was little that could – or should – be done to prevent it. Manchester’s Medical Officer thought differently. Dr James Niven, born in Peterhead, had a background in mathematics as well as medicine, and was passionate about public health. In fighting the pandemic, he promoted hand hygiene, good ventilation, the self-isolation of infected people, and the closure of schools and cinemas – and he worked tirelessly to spread the word.

John Mellis, author of Scotland’s Science, tells the story of a man who was far ahead of his time.

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