28 May, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Anthrax Finger – or, ‘Death in 24 Hours’ – the Making of Modern Anthrax

Jamie Stark and Richard Bellis


All Welcome

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. This lecture uses specimens from the University’s pathology collection to explore Bradford’s key role in the identification and management of anthrax.

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Then, if that fires your imagination and curiousity, why not join the online discussion group at 4pm Thur 21st May. For details of how to access the discussion group, please click here.

This lecture is the 9th in a series of 20 as part of a free online course offering an introduction to the History of Science by the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds.