Thomas M. Daniel's Captain of Death: The Story of Tuberculosis PDF

By Thomas M. Daniel

ISBN-10: 0585273952

ISBN-13: 9780585273952

ISBN-10: 1580460704

ISBN-13: 9781580460705

The dramatic tale of tuberculosis is instructed right here in a simple and available sort. It provides the tales of individuals hooked up with the illness, both as sufferers, or as those that made contributions to our wisdom of it; as well as those own bills, the booklet unfolds the historical past and explains the pathogenesis of TB. The re-emergence of tuberculosis as an important American public health and wellbeing threat has centred a lot cognizance in this historical sickness. This publication bargains a accomplished account of the illness from prehistoric instances via to the current day, detailing the makes an attempt to remove 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 gadget of proposing participants' specific event of the ailment, no matter if as as sufferers, or as those that made contributions to our wisdom of it; in among those vignettes, the e-book unfolds the background and explains the pathogenesis of TB. a close clinical word list completes the quantity.

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We estimated the tuberculous infection rates in eleven villages, all with fewer than two hundred and fifty people. In some villages, more than eighty percent of the residents were infected. In others, no one was infected, and the tubercle bacillus was probably on the way to extinction. In one, only ten villagers survived, of whom nine were sick with tuberculosis; those villagers would soon be extinct. 14 This modern experience parallels the apparently scattered occurrence of tuberculosis among ancient Mayans as reflected in Guatemala's Museo Popol-Vuh.

Someone cared for and provided a special seat for the crippled child. 5 The mummy, dated to between 1000 and 1300 CE, was that of a woman in her early forties. Although she probably did not die of her tuberculosis, her lungs showed clear evidence of the disease. Using modern molecular biological techniques of polymerase chain reaction amplification, the North American scientists isolated DNA of the tubercle bacillus from her tuberculous Page 12 lung lesions. Among one hundred and forty mummies studied from the Peruvian tomb site, one had tuberculosis.

Thus, this book first tells the story of tuberculosis in terms of its epidemiologic history through time. Next, the book recounts the story of the infectious nature of tuberculosis by tracing the history of the unfolding of knowledge of this important aspect of the disease. Then, in similar fashion, this book reveals the evolution of our knowledge of the resistance of people to tuberculosis. Finally, this volume describes the development of modern treatment. In each of these parts, the interweaving of accounts of people's lives and of the emergence of knowledge about tuberculosis is allowed to build the fabric of the story.

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