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In 1853, consumption was characterized by nostalgia, depression & sexual indulgence. Symptoms of tb were romanticized = thinness, long neck & hands, shining eyes, pale skin, & red cheeks. > tb was believed to spark creative intellectuality. The white plague = thin + pale. Further symptoms were incessant coughing, sneezing, painful breathing, walking loss f/ weight loss, thick & bloody sputum, chest pain, night sweats & pain. Pulmonary tb galloping consumption : tb of the lungs = most common & infectious. Scrofula: tb of the neck = swollen lymph nodes of the neck. > mycobacterium tuberculosis is the cause of tb & pulmonary tb. > pathogen has a protective waxy cell wall & grows best w/ high levels of oxygen. > airborne mode of transmission through salvia & mucous = urbanization. Miliary tb = grain-like tubercles spread via bloodstream into every organ of the body = 0.

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