Another amazing find in our historical archives: The Creed of the Tuberculosis Worker

Check out what we — at The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT — found in some historical archives at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

This was written in the early 1950s and was sent out as a memo to all graduating tuberculosis workers and doctors. This is an amazing discovery in our archives and it speaks about how passionate those health professionals were in fighting tuberculosis.

Creed Of The Tuberculosis Worker

By Robert J. Anderson, M.D.

“I believe that what I have done – and others before me – has reduced the suffering and the deaths of my brothers from tuberculosis. I am grateful that biological forces of nature and improving environmental factors created by man have favoured my work.

“I believe that success of our past effort has been furthered by the enlightened interest of
my neighbour, my country-folk, which has led to cooperation and support which exceeds self-interest.

“I believe that my services have not yet reached every outstretched seeking hand. There is yet more for me to do.

TBPatients“I pledge myself to my brother man to search out the many unknown causes of tuberculosis.

“I pledge that I shall treat each person equally in his misfortune, excusing myself not at all for my ignorance of his condition – of which he knows not himself.

“I shall help him and his to hold family and station.

“I shall help to restore him to pleasures of health, family, and work.

“This I shall do within my ability until tuberculosis is no longer found. I shall seek knowledge of things I do now or can do tomorrow.

“I shall hold to these tenets and oaths as long as they save suffering for the sick and protect others.

“These things I shall do, and shall help others who hold likewise.

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