In the 19th century anthrax became a global disease with a very local connection. The wool factories of Bradford in the 1850s received exotic animal fleeces for processing from around the world. These brought with them a new illness – anthrax – that was known locally as ‘woolsorter’s disease’. Over time Bradford became the testing ground for new techniques in bacteriology and public health as doctors, employers and workers tried to unravel this mysterious and frightening disease. By the early 20th century, anthrax was known in France as la maladie de Bradford and as far afield as Australia and New Zealand the town had become synonymous with this most deadly of diseases. Join us for a lecture exploring Bradford’s key role in the identification and management of anthrax, featuring pathology specimens from the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.
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