Tuberculosis and War: Lessons Learned from World War II

Publication Year: 2018

Edition: 1st Ed.

Authors/Editor: Murray, John F.; Loddenkemper, Robert; Herth, Felix, J.F.

Publisher: S. Karger

ISBN: 978-3-31-806094-2

Doody's Star Rating®: Score: 90

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Written by internationally acclaimed experts, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the status of TB before, during and after WWII in the 25 belligerent countries that were chiefly involved.

Tuberculosis (TB) remains the largest cause of adult deaths from any single infectious disease, and ranks among the top 10 causes of death worldwide. When TB and war occur simultaneously, the inevitable consequences are disease, human misery, suffering, and heightened mortality. TB is, therefore, one of the most frequent and deadly diseases to complicate the special circumstances of warfare.

This book summarizes the history of TB up to the present day. A special chapter on “Nazi Medicine, Tuberculosis and Genocide” examines the horrendous, inhuman Nazi ideology, which during WWII used TB as a justification for murder, and targeted the disease by eradicating millions who were afflicted by it. The final chapter summarizes the lessons learned from WWII and more recent wars and recommends anti-TB measures for future conflicts.

This publication is not only of interest to TB specialists and pulmonologists but also to those interested in public health, infectious diseases, war-related issues and the history of medicine. It should also appeal to nonmedical readers like journalists and politicians.


Platform: Ovid
Publisher: S. Karger
Product Type: Book
Author/Editor: Murray, John F.; Loddenkemper, Robert; Herth, Felix, J.F.
ISBN: 978-3-31-806094-2
History of Medicine/Science
Internal Medicine
Medical Education
Language: English
Edition: 1st Ed.
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 95
Year: 2018
Doody's Star Rating®: Score: 90