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From the Local to the Global: Fifty Years of Historical Research on Tuberculosis

Posted on 4 February 2015

Access a free collection of articles about tuberculosis from Medical History

A new special virtual issue of Medical History which focuses on tuberculosis is now available online. ‘From the Local to the Global: Fifty Years of Historical Research on Tuberculosis’, compiled and introduced by Dr Henrice Altink (Department of History, University of York), showcases landmark articles on the disease, published in Medical History between 1962 and 2014. Writes Dr Altink, ‘these publications demonstrate the main themes and issues in the scholarship on TB, as well as the shifting and varied approaches that historians have taken to study the disease’. Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, editor of Medical History, hinted that this special virtual issue will be the first of many such initiatives: ‘Medical History has provided a huge volume of material for free use through PMC. In the coming months, we will draw upon this rich archive, which goes back many years, to provide collections of articles on some themes that are currently considered important.  We will consolidate [Dr Altink’s] excellent work by encouraging members of the editorial advisory board, and the journal’s supporters all over the world, to present more such collections in the future’.

To access the collection for free please visit Medical History's website.

The free articles include:

*Consolidating Strengths, Sanjoy Bhattacharya

*From the Local to the Global: Fifty Years of Historical Research on Tuberculosis, Henrice Altink

*Rolls Roger, "Diseased, Douched and Doctored: Thermal Springs, Spa Doctors and Rheumatic Diseases", Helen Bynum

*“Tuberculosis-threatened Children”: The Rise and Fall of a Medical Concept in Norway, c.1900–1960, Teemu Ryymin

*What Tuberculosis did for Modernism: The Influence of a Curative Environment on Modernist Design and Architecture, Margaret Campbell

*To Stamp Out “So Terrible a Malady”: Bovine Tuberculosis and Tuberculin Testing in Britain, 1890–1939, Keir Waddington

*Civil Liberties and Public Good: Detention of Tuberculous Patients and the Public Health Act 1984, Richard Coker

*Robert Koch and the Pressures of Scientific Research: Tuberculosis and Tuberculin, Christoph Gradmann

*“A health resort for consumptives”: tuberculosis and immigration to New Zealand, 1880–1914, Linda Bryder

*Tuberculosis and leprosy in antiquity: an interpretation, Keith Manchester

*The Impact of Tuberculosis on History, Literature and Art, H. D. Chalke