Memories of tuberculosis in Leicester

Title

Memories of tuberculosis in Leicester

Subject

Health

Description

Trevor Peake talks about how tuberculosis (TB) was viewed as he was growing up

Creator

East Midlands Oral History Archive

Source

EMOHA Ref: 901, EM/029

Publisher

East Midlands Oral History Archive

Date

1950s

Rights

You may use this item in accordance with the licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/uk/

Format

.mp3

Language

English

Type

Oral history

Interviewer

Colin Hyde

Interviewee

Trevor Peake

Location

Leicester

Transcription

All my memories of ’47, which when I was at school, it seemed to me that so many people were dying of TB that it was frightening really and I always remember saying to my father ‘what’s happened to Jack Van I’ve not seen him for a bit Dad.’ ‘Oh he’s died last week.’ ‘Oh what of him?’ ‘Galloping consumption.’ Well I think it frightened me for about two months this galloping consumption. But, yet I can remember him Jack, because he wore a cap, went to work, got a red face, always nice and quiet. He never said much at all, just sat there and drank his beer, ‘hello young Joe’ and all that to me and he’s died and I thought to myself ‘galloping consumption.’ Stayed in my mind for years galloping consumption. But there all, TB was rife you know. Which is, now it’s, not unheard of course, I know it’s coming back a bit now.

Duration

1min 1sec

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