Glaswegians queuing for X-ray screening for tuberculosis (TB) in George Square, on the final day of the campaign in 1957.
Glasgow had the highest death rate from pulmonary tuberculosis in Britain (25 per 1,000 of population). In 1957 an intensive five week campaign was launched to identify TB carriers in the city. Thirty-seven mobile radiography units manned by volunteers visited housing schemes, offices and factories with the initial aim of X-raying 250,000 people. However, intense media coverage and a weekly prize draw from the names of those who came forward helped raise the number of screenings to nearly 715,000.
The Glasgow campaign led to a significant reduction of the incidence of the disease and became the model for campaigns in other British cities.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
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