Tagged with TB

Our Oldest Companion

Tuberculosis, or TB, ¬†has been around for centuries, is widely viewed as a disease of overcrowding and malnutrition today¬†about 1.4 million people still die of TB. Tuberculosis is still the biggest single infectious killer, beaten only by HIV/AIDS, with 95% of cases in low income countries. Some victims of TB contract it as a result … Continue reading

Hope Springs

Hope Springs

One of the saddest aspects of 18th century English history is the large number of children who failed to reach adulthood, or, rather, the bulk that failed to celebrate their 5th birthdays. I had attribute this to a combination of urban filth and the often bizarre methods used by physicians and surgeons. This was particularly … Continue reading