Quote of the Month: Dr David Tyrrell

The Northwick Park Hospital was being designed... and there were two other things which were mentioned and thought about, but some of them never eventuated. One was the importance of isolation of people who are producing and shedding organisms which are resistant. We were in favour of having isolation rooms in the hospital, but this was very unfashionable and thought to be retrograde. The days when you had to worry about infection were in the past and not something which the 1970s hospital needed to concern itself with! Dr David Tyrrell, Post Penicillin Antibiotics: From acceptance to resistance?
Dr David Tyrrell CBE FRCP FRCPath FRS (1925 - 2005) trained in medicine at Sheffield and was Stuart Harris’s house physician from 1948 to 1949. He was a member of the scientific staff of the MRC Common Cold Unit at Salisbury from 1957 and its Director from 1982 until his retirement in 1990, where he worked on antiviral drugs in volunteers. From 1970 until 1982 he ran the Division of Communicable Diseases at the Clinical Research Centre, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, where he was Deputy Director.