Tuberculosis vaccine

1921 Tuberculosis vaccine

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Albert Calmette, Camille Guérin immunology

Tuberculosis vaccine

Treatment and prevention


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The first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis was isolated in 1944 by Albert Schatz, Elizabeth Bugie, and Selman Waksman. We have many things to be afraid of today; it would be interesting to know for sure whether science has eliminated more serious worries than it has caused. On one hand, smallpox; on the other, nuclear holocaust. On one hand, lack of healthcare; on the other, the cost of healthcare. On one hand, dying young; on the other, living too long. . . .

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