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Worms And Dead Eggs In The Long Hot Summer

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That day in the early summer of 1917 Christopherson's patients in the men's ward, those afflicted with the parasitic illness kala-azar, were undergoing a new and special treatment. What Christopherson needed to find out was 'is the tartar emetic treatment really as effective for bilharzia as it is for leishmaniasis?' What should the dosage be? How well is it tolerated when increased? There were no institutional review boards then. He resolved to try tartar emetic on patients who suffered solely from schistosomiasis. The tartar emetic discovery in the early summer of 1917 came after Christopherson had spent the better part of sixteen years in Sudan working for the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium, in effect for the British Empire.

Keywords: Bilharzia; Dr. J.B. Christopherson; kala-azar; Sudan; tartar



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