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Trial and Evolution: Chemotherapy for Tuberculosis in Britain, 1940-70

Thursday 22 October 2015, 6.00PM

Speaker(s): Clare Leeming-Latham

Leeming-Latham Lecture Poster (PDF , 363kb)

Tuberculosis chemotherapy is often presented as a success story dominated by the use of streptomycin in Medical Research Council clinical trials.  However, what this standard rhetoric overlooks is the complexity of tuberculosis drug therapy and the relationship between this and two alternative treatment options, bed-rest and thoracic surgery.  Initially, these three treatment strands overlapped and the potential of chemotherapy as a curative option was not immediately apparent.  This lecture explores the evolution of treatment using drugs alone, where determining best practice from a plethora of prescribing options was clinically challenging. 

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Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free and open to all