‘They’re Not a Panacea:’ Phage Therapy in the Soviet Union and Georgia



Since Eliava and d’Herelle introduced phage therapy to the USSR in the 1930s, its popularity has waxed and waned, but, unlike in the United States, it never fell out of use. Thanks to the duo’s earlier promotional efforts and speaking tours, phage therapy labs sprang up across the empire in the 1940s in such cities as Moscow; Gorky and Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. Physicians administered bacteriophages orally, in liquid or tablet form; topically, for skin, eye and ear infections; by aerosol for respiratory infections and, on rare occasions, intravenously to treat blood infections.


American Review Phage Therapy Author Interview Phage Production Chief Surgeon 
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  1. 1.Advances Scientific AmericanNew YorkUSA

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