Essay on History of Tuberculosis

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History of Tuberculosis

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This paper discusses the historical aspect of the fatal and contagious disease now known as tuberculosis. It discusses the history of Tuberculosis beginning with Ancient Egyptian mummies to the most current discovery of TB. Greek philosopher such as Hippocrates and Plato observed the first cases of tuberculosis. They are two out of the many people that gradually discovered the TB out of the many. It talks about the different remedies that different philosophers and physicians came about that have been revised.

Tuberculosis, also known as “the white plague,” (The history of tuberculosis 2) is a silent and unknown prehistoric air borne disease that quickly spreads and kills nearly two million people
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They believed that it was, by far, “the most grave of all the diseases the most difficult to cure, and the most fatal (Meachen 2).” Hippocrates strongly believed that it was caused by Fumata which in English translates to tubercula bacillus, a small growth in the lungs (Meachen 2).” The concept of tubercula continued into 17th century.
Plato (430- 347 B.C.) witnessed the unknown plague spreading throughout Greece. He was not optimistic about the unknown plague. He felt that “ it was of no advantage to themselves not to the state (Meachen 2).” Unlike Plato, Aristotle (384-322 B.C) saw the need for early treatment (Meachen 2). He observed that the unknown disease was able to spread through consumption. He realized that people who were “slender and compressed form, with prominent throats, thin chest and a fair complexion such as reside in cold and most conditions” were prone to obtaining the contagious diseases (The history of Tuberculosis). This unknown contagious disease was so deadly that it underwent Zoonosis, meaning it can be transferred from humans to animals. Vegerius (420A.D) observed the same disease-affecting animals. Klencke (1843) showed that cow’s milk could transmit tuberculosis. In 1865, the French military doctor and Professor Jean Antoine Villemin (1827-1892) of Paris single handedly conducted a famous experiment using human pulmonary tuberculosis that was inoculated into…

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