World Tuberculosis Day - March 24

Extraordinary People

From medical resident at the Beck Sanatorium to physician in hospital and community clinic, Dr. Tom Austin is witness to significant change

March 23 , 2012

One hundred years ago, tuberculosis (TB) was a leading cause of death. London had the fourth highest rate in the province and a hospital, the Beck Sanatorium, dedicated solely to the care of TB patients.

Saturday, March 24 is World TB Day and much has changed in TB care in London over the years.

Infectious diseases physician, Dr. Tom Austin, did a three-month medical residency at the Beck in 1966. By that time the patient population was at about 50, down from 500-600 during its height. Treatment for TB patients has also changed radically over the years, even as the disease has evolved to more treatment-resistant strains.

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