While the book is about the flasks, these are used to introduce several interesting sidelines, anecdotes, historical facts, medical information and crazy patents, all of which lead to an examination of the serious worldwide (and wide-scale) problems of TB, MRTB and XRTB.
Blue Henry explores the fascinating history of tuberculosis and the changing insight in cures and prevention in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is a book that is sure to appeal to medical historians, practitioners and collectors.
A Grim Subject...
But a fascinating history. It also serves to remind us how lucky we are to have such advanced medical science to protect us - but are we?
But a book on test tubes or milk bottles could never carry such drama, such panic, so much human interest as the history of this little flask. Those interested in medical history may think the book is only about bottles. It is not. The book is about the beginning of the end of the tuberculosis pandemic which killed millions of people; about war and cynicism; about the sanatorium movement; about doctors with inflated egos; about the plight of consumptives and about famous people who were as much affected as the poor. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the research. And yes, I admit - the subject is at times quaint, sometimes bizarre, occasionally macabre but always intriguing. Ultimately however, it shows science and society addressing a deadly illness that still kills today.