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Lab Coats and Lace - Dorothy Stopford Price, (1890-1954), Fighting TB in Ireland

  • 2 March 2019

One of a selection of women featured in "Lab Coats and Lace, the lives and legacies of inspiring Irish women scientists and pioneers"

Dorothy Stopford Price spent Easter 1916 in the Phoenix Park as a guest of Sir Matthew Nathan, Under-secretary to the British administration in Ireland but later became medical officer to the IRA’s brigade in Cork. She introduced the BCG vaccine into Ireland in 1937, vaccinating infants in St Ultan's Hospital, and researched and published widely on tuberculosis in children. In 1948, the Minister for Health, Noel Browne, appointed a national consultative council on tuberculosis chaired by Dorothy Price which took the decision to proceed with mass vaccination, saving countless lives from TB.