Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Treatment for TB - in the 21st century

Mari Friend ( nee Jenkins)

A few years ago Mari had a relapse. She doesn't know who was the most surprised: herself, her family or the doctors who were doing tests for cancer.

She says:
”They gave me drugs and told me to carry on living as normal. I didn't even have to stay indoors and rest!’

We both marvel at the change in the regime for treating TB. Over 50 years ago (the time we first had it) the treatment was all about fresh air, high calorie diets, bed rest and operations.

But the universal introduction of drugs wiped out all these medical procedures for they were found to be of doubtful value: at best palliative, at worst, useless.

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