20 DECEMBER 1940, Page 5

The question Sir Henry Morris-Jones, who is himself a doctor,

has put to the Prime Minister regarding the facts con- cerning Lord Lothian's death involves questions it would be preferable to avoid, but since the late Ambassador died with- out seeing a medical man, it is not surprising that they should be raised. It is distressing to reflect, indeed, that if the best medical skill had been invoked—and the best medical skill in the world is available at Johns Hopkins University, an hour's journey from Washington—an invaluable life might have been considerably prolonged. But even on that it is difficult to speak assuredly, for the cause of Lord Lothian's death is still not clearly known. American reports spoke of " uraemic infection," a term unknown in British medical practice, but which appears to denote some form of nephritis, or affection of the kidneys. There was apparently no post-mortem before cremation. In the circumstances, therefore, Sir Henry Morris- Jones' question is fully justified, and it is to be hoped that the Prime Minister will be able to clear up all uncertainties—if, indeed, anyone has sufficient knowledge of the facts to do that.

* * * *