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March 24th 2017- World TB Day


An opportunity to raise awareness about Tuberculosis

To learn more about our nations and the world wide efforts to research, prevent, and treat TB please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO).


First, a look back in History…

Detailed drawing of a man dying from TB


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–

Galeria de Arte Nacional, Caracas-Venezuela

Richard Morton, 1637-1698. Phthisiologia; or, A treatise of consumption. 1720.


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


Painting of a patient being cared for in bed

Bust of Hippocrates

“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————