It’s 1 a.m. A young mother approaches me during my hospital shift. She asks if her 2-year-old son will survive the night. He has been given a diagnosis of severe tuberculous meningitis, months after her husband was found to have drug-resistant TB… In terms of curing the disease, in the 1940s the microbiologist Selman Waksman, working with a graduate student, Albert Schatz, at Rutgers University, helped begin the anti-TB drug revolution. Waksman received a Nobel Prize for the discovery of streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective in treating TB.
/ / / Eliminate the TB Scourge