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Chapter 13

Study notes on chapter 13 of "The Power of Plagues"

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Health Studies
Course
HLTB21H3
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Caroline Barakat
Semester
Winter

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CHAPTER 13 The Peoples Plague: Tuberculosis It was also known as consumption (from the Latin con meaning completely and sumere meaning to take up) 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 ones own blood *Because it was neither recognized nor understood that TB was a chronic infectious disease, it was romanticized. A more accurate and less romantic description of the consumptive includes incessant coughing, which made talking and eating almost impossible and breathing painful; weight loss that prevented walking; and pain that required opium an whisky to ameliorate. By the time of death, emaciation was so complete that the individual resembled a cadaver. A look back Tuberculosis is an ancient disease that has plagued humans throughout history and even before. Tuberculosis of the lungs (called pulmonary TB) is the form of the disease we are most familiar with. When localized to the lungs, tuberculosis can run an accurate course, causing extensive destruction in a few monthsso called galloping consumption. It can also wax and wane with periods or remission mistaken in some cases for chronic bronchitis with spitting up of blood (e.g. Harriet Websters case) www.notesolution.com
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