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March 24th 2017- World TB Day
An opportunity to raise awareness about Tuberculosis
First, a look back in History…
Consumption White Death
Phthisis The Great White Plague
“the Captain of all these men of Death”
Slowly progressing, but usually fatal, with wasting of the body, as if it was being consumed
–In Greek, it was called phthisis, or wasting, and in English, consumption–
Those who suffered experienced fevers, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, and often coughed up blood. Man or woman, young or old, poor or wealthy, living in the city or the countryside, all could be affected
“Early in the beginning of spring, and throughout the summer, and towards winter, many of those who had been long gradually declining, took to bed with symptoms of phthisis;….Many, and, in fact, most of them died, …” Hippocrates, Of the Epidemics (410-400 BCE)
What was the cause of this terrible illness?
————To Be Continued————