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India and Global Tuberculosis Control 1910-1975

Tuesday 12 November 2013, 6.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Niels Brimnes, Aarhus University, Denmark

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Part of a series featuring lectures by world-leading historians of medicine, hosted by the Centre for Global Health Histories.

Niels Brimnes Public Lecture Flyer

"While little was done to counter tuberculosis in colonial India there was a widespread debate on the nature of the disease and its relation to the anticipated industrialisation and urbanisation of Indian society. Fast forward to the second half of the twentieth century, and BCG vaccination and treatment with antibiotic drugs emerged as the dominant remedies against tuberculosis on a global scale. India’s vaccination campaign was the biggest effort of its kind in the world, but it also provoked opposition. India was the home of the ‘Chingleput trial’ which – to the surprise of many – suggested that the BCG vaccine was worthless against pulmonary tuberculosis. Research demonstrated that antibiotic drugs were as effective when taken in the homes of even very poor patients as when given in institutions. This lecture will describe the development of tuberculosis control in India, relate it to international organizations and global developments trends, and ask how it relates to the attempts to build a modern Indian society".

Large version of event poster: Niels Brimnes Public Lecture Poster (PDF , 238kb)

Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free admission - all are welcome

Email: cghh@york.ac.uk