Also known as consumption, tuberculosis was a common disease in the 19th century. So common, in fact, that sanatoriums were opened for treatment of the disease. These institutions exposed patients to fresh air and provided proper nutrition; however, for many patients it was where they died.
Public campaigns were organized to stop spitting and encouraged people to seek medical attention.
Tuberculosis is caused by a bacteria and is spread like the common cold through coughs and sneezes. It most commonly affects the lungs.
- Blood tinged phlegm
- Weight loss
Most people who have tuberculosis are asymptomatic. They are unable to spread the disease.
Tuberculosis claimed the lives of many in the Victorian and Edwardian eras with a death rate of up to 50 percent for those showing symptoms.
Some notable people who died of the disease before 1920 include:
- Jane Austen
- Emily Bronte
- Anne Bronte
- Henry David Thoreau
- John Keats
- Anton Chekhov
- Alexander Pope
- Stephen Crane
- Gavrilo Princip
- Frederic Chopin
- President Andrew Jackson
- President James Monroe
- Louis Braille
- First Lady Caroline Harrison
- First Lady Hannah van Buren
- King Henry VII
- King Edward VI
- Dred Scott
- Doc Holliday
Today, tuberculosis kills millions globally each year, most in developing nations without access to antibiotics.
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