In this episode we explore the history of respiratory medicine. We start with tuberculosis – discussing its many names, and its famous sufferers – from Kafka to Jane Austen and George Orwell. We also uncover the work of Sir John Crofton in tackling this deadly disease.

Then we talk to Dr Wendy Anderson – a specialist currently working in the field of respiratory medicine.

And we end with a case study exploring the history of asthma, and particularly one of its most famous sufferers, Charles Dickens.

A full transcript of this podcast episode can be downloaded here.