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[Perspectives] Dorothy Stopford Price and the control of tuberculosis in Ireland

During the 1930s, tuberculosis was a leading cause of death in Irish children. By then, Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin had demonstrated their Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine in France and it was beginning to be used elsewhere, but the British and Irish medical establishments were not convinced. Against this background, a young Anglo-Irish paediatrician, Dorothy Price, decided to do her own studies in Dublin. Her persistence was instrumental in the introduction of a national tuberculosis vaccination schedule for Ireland in 1949, ahead of the UK’s in 1954.