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By Thomas M. Daniel

The dramatic tale of tuberculosis is advised the following in a simple and available sort. It provides the tales of people hooked up with the affliction, both as sufferers, or as those that made contributions to our wisdom of it; as well as those own money owed, the booklet unfolds the heritage and explains the pathogenesis of TB. The re-emergence of tuberculosis as an important American public well-being danger has targeted a lot consciousness in this historical sickness. This booklet bargains a entire account of the sickness from prehistoric occasions via to the current day, detailing the makes an attempt to eliminate it thoroughly. Its 4 separate sections (the unfold of tuberculosis; its infectious nature; susceptibility to it; and techniques of therapy) are associated in the course of the gadget of proposing members' specific event of the affliction, even if as as sufferers, or as those that made contributions to our wisdom of it; in among those vignettes, the publication unfolds the historical past and explains the pathogenesis of TB. a close scientific word list completes the amount.

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Magic Mountains and Magic Bullets: The Treatment of Tuberculosis 18 Victories 159 19 Wolf's Liver and Sea Voyages 165 20 False Hope 171 21 Places Apart 178 22 Collapse and Mutilation 195 23 Magic Bullet 203 24 Microbe Killers 215 25 One One-Hundredth of an Ounce of Prevention 223 PART V. Epilogue 26 Hope in Haiti 231 Appendices I Chronology 239 II Glossary 243 Notes 252 Index 289 Page 1 INTRODUCTION One-third of the population of the world is infected with the germ that causes tuberculosis. Eight million people develop this disease each year.

Johnson wore this medal about his neck for the rest of his life. Samuel Johnson's scrofula was probably not benefitted by Queen Anne's royal touch. Several years later he underwent a surgical operation to open the infected lymph nodes and let them drain. The disfiguring scars from this procedure remained throughout his life. During his school years, however, the scrofula healed, and Johnson was not further troubled with tuberculosis, although he had recurrent illnesses during his later years, many of them related to heart failure.

Edward the Confessor, who died in 1056, was the first British ruler to claim to be able to cure scrofula by touching. While the practice was abandoned by his immediate successors, it was revived by Edward I, who touched five hundred and thirty-three persons in a single month in 1277, and reached its height in the seventeenth century. Henry VII started the practice of giving a gold "angel"an amulet or a gold coin with a figure of St. Michaelto those whom he touched. The preferred times for touching were Easter Sunday, Pentecost, and the Feast of Michaelmas.

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