The Forgotten Plague by Frank Ryan
How the Battle Against Tuberculosis Was Won - And Lost

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Ryan, a physician, offers a history of the cure for tuberculosis, including accounts of the people and scientists involved. The final chapter spells out a renewed threat in the congruence of AIDS and tuberculosis.
 

About Frank Ryan

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Chris Ryan joined the SAS in 1984. For his escape from Iraq during the Gulf War he was awarded the Military Medal. He left the SAS in 1994, and now lives in America. He is the author of five bestsellers -- The One That Got Away, Stand By, Zero Option, The Kremlin Device, Tenth Man Down and The Hit List.
 
Published June 23, 1993 by Little, Brown and Company. 480 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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We see RenÇ Dubos, for instance, searching diligently for antibiotics among soil microorganisms at N.Y.C.'s Rockefeller Institute while his young wife is dying of TB at a sanitorium miles away, and we watch Gerhard Domagk working doggedly on sulphonamides under horrendous conditions in war-torn G...

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Writing with the current threat posed by new strains of tuberculosis in mind, Ryan, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Physicians in Britain and a member of the New York Academy of Science, has compiled a superbly documented, dramatic and alarming history of the ancient plague.

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Ryan traces the history of tuberculosis, its apparent cures and contemporary reemergence.

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In 1943, with the help of a graduate student, Albert Schatz, Waksman developed streptomycin from soil-nurtured bacteria to kill the tuberculosis bacterium and, in the process, coined the word \o7 antibiotic\f7 .

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