Thursday, September 13, 2007

Lung operations

At least once a week I go along for a swim, always careful to hide the 18 inch scar running down my back , a souvenir from Sully hospital some 50 years ago.

In the course of research for this book I have become more and more aware of the different types of treatments and operations we received.

Curiously, even ten years after streptomycin had been proved to be the only successful cure for TB people were still having portions of their lung removed.

And I was one of them.

I put the question to medical historian Dr Carole Reeves.

Her answer is blunt:
“Jobs for the boys.”

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