The White Death

The White Death

A History of Tuberculosis

Book - 2000
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Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2000
Branch Call Number: HFX 616.995 D712w
Characteristics: xiv, 433 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: History of tuberculosis


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Oct 31, 2014

The White Death: a History of Tuberculosis. --- by --- Thomas Dormandy. Tuberculosis. Not so long ago the word meant a sentence; a sentence of almost certain doom, death by terrible suffering for anyone unfortunate to have become afflicted by this disease. This feared terror, more common than widely accepted, appearing more frequently among those living in poverty and squalor, sometimes carried off whole families. Often misidentified; often subject to quackery it always became particularly virulent during periods of war and social upset. Of particular interest is the treatment Dormandy provides of the intersection of this tragic disease and the artists of the nineteenth century in the Romantic Movement. A book both interesting and informative although reading it from “Table of Contents” to “Bibliography” may find this a bit taxing. This book should also prove quite helpful to the budding researcher, provided hr or she isn’t too budding. A surfeit of footnotes and a generous bibliography.

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