History of the Double-Barred Cross
Twenty years after Robert Koch discovered the tuberculosis bacteria, workers from many countries met in Berlin to discuss how tuberculosis could be wiped out. This was a very courageous undertaking as tuberculosis was still the leading cause of death at the time, outranking famine, war or any other disease.
Dr. Gilbert Sersiron, of Paris, France suggest that as this, too, was a crusade, it would be appropriate to adopt the emblem of another crusader, the Duke of Lorraine. Godfrey of Bouillon, the Duke of Lorraine, was the first Christian ruler of Jerusalem and his banners bearing the double-barred cross signified courage and success to crusaders.
Dr. Sersiron’s recommendation was adopted and the double-barred cross became the world-wide symbol of the fight against tuberculosis.
While tuberculosis is said to be “under control” in Canada, it is still a leading cause of death in many countries of the world.
In Canada, The Lung Association, which began at the turn of the century as the Canadian Tuberculosis Association, still uses the Cross of Lorraine to signify courage and success as we continue our battle against all lung diseases.