Q fever. Was Edward Derrick's contribution undervalued?

Cooke, Robin A. (2008) Q fever. Was Edward Derrick's contribution undervalued?. Medical Journal of Australia, 189 11-12: 660-662.

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Author Cooke, Robin A.
Title Q fever. Was Edward Derrick's contribution undervalued?
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 189
Issue 11-12
Start page 660
End page 662
Total pages 3
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Language eng
Abstract The 21 August 1937 issue of the Medical Journal of Australia contained two articles on a hitherto unknown disease affecting abattoir workers and farmers — Q fever (with the “Q” standing for query).The first of these was by Edward Holbrook Derrick, Director of the Laboratory of Microbiology and Pathology, Queensland Health Department, Brisbane, and comprised his meticulous clinical descriptions and subsequent experiments to isolate the causative organism.1 During his research, Derrick sought the help of Frank Macfarlane Burnet, and the second article by Burnet and Mavis Freeman from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne described their identification of the causative agent.2 Research breakthroughs frequently involve scientific collaboration, and attributing credit for the results of such collaborations can be difficult. In the light of some new information about Derrick’s experiments, I believe that he may not have received sufficient credit for his contribution to the discovery of the organism responsible for Q fever. When the MJA articles were published, Q fever appeared to be a disease localised to a small area of south-eastern Queensland. However, within a decade or so, it was shown to be of worldwide significance.
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