This blog has been created alongside a project to catalogue records relating to tuberculosis at the Royal London Hospital Archives. This archive contains the records not only of the Royal London Hospital, but of the London Chest Hospital, the Royal Brompton Hospital (including Frimley Sanatorium), and Harefield Hospital. These hospitals provided treatment for patients with chest complaints, particularly tuberculosis. The records held at the archives include case notes, rules for patient’s behaviour, and letters from the patients; and provide insights into how this serious condition was treated in an age before effective antibiotics.
The aim of this project is to examine these records in much more depth than before; and on this blog I will be sharing some of the interesting records, collections and stories that I find over the next few months.