Tuberculosis (TB) is widely seen as a disease that is endemic across the world, but also one that has developed new strains that threaten to explode in epidemic proportions. Tuberculosis: A Short History, edited by staff of the Centre for Global Health Histories, Drs Alexander Medcalf, Monica Saavedra and Prof. Sanjoy Bhattacharya, and Dr Henrice Altink of the University of York Department of History, focuses on the history of TB’s impact and the efforts to control it from the nineteenth century up until the present day. The publication showcases images from the archives, as well as chapter introductions by leading academics: Dr Helen Bynum introduces tuberculosis as an ancient and deadly foe, Professor Christoph Gradmann explores Robert Koch and the Tubercule Bacillus, Dr Niels Brimnes examines the global tuberculosis programme of the World Health Organization, Dr Henrice Altink charts TB in the British Empire, and members of the WHO Stop TB Department present a short history of drug-resistant TB. A downloable copy is available - click the following link and follow the instructions TB-A Short History (PDF , 6,861kb).
The publication is the result of collaborative work between the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders, the Centre for Global Health Histories and with support from the Humanities Research Centre. Each is delighted to have linked up with the WHO Global Health Histories project and the WHO Stop TB campaign. The organisers would like to thank the Wellcome Library and the Wellcome Trust for their generous support of this project, and also the unstinting support and assistance of the World Health Organization, Orient BlackSwan Private Limited, and the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York.