HLTB21H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 13: Tuberculosis, Tuberculous Cervical Lymphadenitis, Miliary Tuberculosis

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I t was also known as consumption (from the latin con meaning. consumption was characterized in an 1853 medical text as having the following features: nostalgia, depression, and excessive sexual indulgence. Indeed, at the time it was believed that mental activity and artistic talent were stimulated by the poisons of this wasting disease. today, consumption is more commonly called tuberculosis, tb, or the white plague . having tb was imagined to be aphrodisiac, and to confer extraordinary powers of seduction. In the 1800s, when epidemic tb reached its peak in western europe, persons with tuberculosis were considered both beautiful and erotic: extreme thinness, long neck and hands, shinning eye, pale skin, and red chicks. Yet such beauty had its price: a painful death by drowning in one"s own blood. *because it was neither recognized nor understood that tb was a chronic infectious disease, it was romanticized.

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