eBook Tuberculosis, 1st Edition

  • Carol A. Dyer
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  • ISBN-10: 0313372128
  • ISBN-13: 9780313372124
  • DDC: 616.995
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 146 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released August 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010
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Tuberculosis is a complicated medical condition that has a rich and important history, a distinctive social context, and an active and destructive present. The disease appears in Greek literature as early as 460 BCE and was a favorite of 19th-century novelists whose heroines often succumbed to ’consumption’. Through history, the development of TB diagnosis and treatment has been synonymous with events in the development of medicine. TUBERCULOSIS presents TB from the perspective of the people and events that shaped its past and the factors that influence its current global state. The book begins with an essay discussing the importance of the social factors that influence the transmission and progression of TB. The following eight chapters focus on disease-specific information, historical and biographical perspectives, influence on the arts, the current state of TB in the world, and future directions. Throughout, medical information about the disease is intertwined with a historical and cultural perspective to illustrate the state of the disease today.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
1: Tuberculosis: Contagion and Cause.
2: Signs and Certainty: Tuberculosis Symptoms and Diagnosis.
3: The History of Tuberculosis.
4: Early Efforts to Tame Tuberculosis.
5: Antibiotics: Treatment Success, Challenge, and Cure.
6: Tuberculosis in the Arts: From the Ancients to Moulin Rouge!.
7: Resurgence of the Social Disease: Tuberculosis Makes a Comeback.
8: Tuberculosis and the Future.
Tuberculosis Timeline.
About the Author.