THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD
(Published in the USA as The Forgotten Plague)
Tuberculosis is the greatest infectious killer in history. In this century and the previous one, it was responsible for an estimated thousand million deaths. The discovery of the cure changed history - yet, incredibly, that story has never previously been told.
Half way through the twentieth century, few people world-wide, whether doctors or the ordinary man or woman, believed that such a cure would ever be possible. Only a tiny band of unlikely heroes, scattered in different countries, believed they could find it. Not one of them was a tuberculosis expert. Half of them were not even medically qualified. This is their story.
For Dr. Frank Ryan, who for many years travelled world-wide gathering together the intimate details of their lives, the greatest shock was awaiting him in New York, when he discovered that in a deadly alliance with AIDS, tuberculosis was once again threatening both the developed and developing world.
Sadly, the UK, and London in particular, now finds itself in a similar position to that of the US and New York in 1990, making this book increasingly relevant to our society today.
FRANK RYAN came to widespread international acclaim with this book, which took the front page review in The New York Times and The Washington Post, with lead reviews in the Daily Telegraph and New Scientist. It was the subject of a play in Boston, featuring the late Oscar-winning actor, Jason Robards. He is also the author of Virus X, the ground-breaking Darwin's Blind Spot and the forthcoming, Virolution.
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
An important book... (judged non-fiction book of the year)" The New York Times
As exciting as a detective novel... Dr Ryan tells an important and moving story. His book should be compulsive reading for those who ignorantly or dishonestly deny the power of science to contribute to human welfare. Anthony Daniels, The Sunday Telegraph