One GP's fight against diphtheria
Battling a deadly diphtheria outbreak alone was all in a day's work for this GP who worked in Cowra, NSW, in the late 1800s, as this excerpt from his memoir shows.
In early 1893, diphtheria of a virulent type broke out in Cowra and, in spite of all efforts to isolate the first cases, it spread rapidly.
The first two or three cases will serve to illustrate how impossible it was at the beginning to persuade people of the danger. The infection came from Bathurst, where a Cowra woman went to visit friends, taking her only child, a girl of