The longest and most dangerous of all chronic diseases - lecture now online

Posted on 31 July 2013

Helen Bynum's lecture on tuberculosis now available online

An audio recording of Helen Bynum's lecture 'Tuberculsosis: The longest and most dangerous of all chronic diseases', is now available to listen to online. In this talk originally delivered on 21st June 2013, Dr Bynum used the experiences of three tuberculous patients Tobias Smollett (1721-71), John Keats (1795-1821) and George Orwell (1903-1950) to explore pulmonary tuberculosis as a chronic disease of the past and reflect on its modern face. You can access the audio recording via the Centre for Global Health Histories' Outreach Materials Page, or simply by pressing play on the media bar below (please note there is no accompanying video). Get ready for tales of travel and confinement to bed, bloodletting and bloody sputum, and not enough happy endings!

This event was part of CGHH's exhibition on the history of tuberculosis, part of the York Festival of Ideas in June 2013. More information about this exhibition, and the accompanying publication 'Tuberculosis: A Short History (which is also still available to download), can again be accessed via CGHH's Outreach Materials Page on this website.