Antibiotics, Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Control in Scottish Hospitals, c1928-70
This Leverhulme Trust-funded project looks at the history of infection control in Scottish hospitals during the "antibiotic era", using both the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as case studies. The project explores the nature and development of infection control procedures before antibiotics, the impact of antibiotics (beginning with penicillin in 1943) and the long-term implications of antibiotic therapy for clinical practice, whilst also highlighting Glasgow and Edinburgh's unique contributions to the field. It pays close attention to the ways in which infection control featured within medical and nursing curricula and to the crucial role played by hospital bacteriologists. The project utilises a mixture of both pre-existing and newly-created sources materials, combining extensive archival research with oral history interviews. The project is due to be completed by October 2016.
Funded by: Leverhulme Trust
Main contact: Susan Gardiner
Start date: 2013
End date: 2016