CIRCULAR No. 5.—M M.
Admiralty, 27th February, 1865.
(HEALTH OF CREWS OF HER MAJESTY’S SHIPS.)My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty having had under consideration the expediency of a Medical Examination of the Crews of Her Majesty's Ships at certain periods, with a view to ascertain whether any are suffering from diseases, many of which, aggravated by neglect, incapacitate men for service; their Lordships are pleased to direct that before a ship leaves England, or any port where there is a Naval Hospital, steps shall be taken to ascertain whether any of the men are suffering from any disease requiring Hospital treatment. For this purpose the Officers of the Divisions, accompanied by a Medical Officer, are to go carefully round the Divisions, and are to call upon their men to report to the Surgeon any complaint, however trifling, and should there be reason to fear from the appearance of any Man that he may be suffering from concealed disease they are to order him to be medically inspected.