Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Friedrich (Fritz) Weleminsky creates Tuberculomucin

Dr Friedrich (Fritz) Weleminsky (1868-1945) was a lecturer in Hygiene (now called Microbiology) at the German University, Prague, when he invented Tuberculomucin (Tbm). At the time there was no cure for tuberculosis which, in Britain, killed one person in eight, most of whom were young adults. Experience with tuberculin, invented in 1890 by a German bacteriologist, Robert Koch (1843-1910) had proved disappointing so Fritz Weleminsky worked hard to produce a more effective treatment. Many doctors in Czechoslovakia, Austria and Germany used Tbm successfully but there is no evidence for its use anywhere else, and Dr Weleminsky's scientific papers were not translated from the German.