By Thomas M. Daniel
The dramatic tale of tuberculosis is advised right here in a simple and obtainable variety. It offers the tales of individuals attached with the sickness, 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 background and explains the pathogenesis of TB. The re-emergence of tuberculosis as a tremendous American public healthiness threat has centred a lot cognizance in this historic sickness. This publication bargains a finished account of the disorder from prehistoric instances via to the current day, detailing the makes an attempt to get rid of it thoroughly. Its 4 separate sections (the unfold of tuberculosis; its infectious nature; susceptibility to it; and techniques of remedy) are associated in the course of the equipment of proposing members' specific adventure of the illness, even if as as sufferers, or as those that made contributions to our wisdom of it; in among those vignettes, the publication unfolds the heritage and explains the pathogenesis of TB. a close clinical word list completes the amount.
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Page 17 2 Kos, Alexandria, and Rome A golden age of art and knowledge that spanned nearly a millennium surrounding the birth of Christ began in Greece and later spread to Alexandria and then to Rome. Interest in and knowledge of medicine flourished in Greece and later moved with Greek culture. Tuberculosis was known to those Greek physicians, and their writings give us further insights into the history of this disease. In those peerless times of Greece and Rome, tuberculosis was well recognized, and we can read elegant descriptions of it written by the physicians of that era.
Hippocrates noted the association of tuberculosis of the spine, the disease of the Egyptian priest Nesperehân, with pulmonary tuberculosis. In Book I, Of the Epidemics, Hippocrates wrote, "Consumption was the most considerable of the diseases which then prevailed, and the only one which proved fatal to many persons. Most of them were affected by these diseases in the following manner: fevers . , constant sweats, but not over the whole body, . . sputa small, dense, concocted, but brought up rarely and with difficulty ...
The Greeks ruled the world they knew, and Alexander the Great led his warriors across the eastern Mediterranean region. In 331 BCE, one year before his death, Alexander founded the city of Alexandria near the mouth of the Nile on the north coast of Egypt. Its famous library fostered learning and Alexandria became a center of scholarship. Herophilus (circa 300 BCE) and Erasistratus (circa 310-250 BCE) founded a medical school there about 50 years later. This school became the preeminent medical center of its era, and it was Greek physicians with their medical art who reigned there.
Captain of Death: The Story of Tuberculosis by Thomas M. Daniel