Thursday, July 16, 2015
Tuberculosis: A Historical Lung disease or not?
Tuberculosis is considered a historical disease that was once an epidemic in Europe and United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. It has been detected as early as 7000 BC according to ehow.com. It was thought to be a heredity disease,but German microbiologist Robert Koch discovered the microbial causes of tuberculosis in 1882. I have never liked taking pills produced in a lab, but this disease was a contagious disease once known as the "white plague". Doctors early on had little to work with and without any vaccines or effective drub treatment until the 1940s,many people died of this disease affecting the lungs and sometimes other organs.TB would have continued to spread and wipe out populations worldwide if it had not been for modern medicine. In the article, What is Tuberculosis? What causes Tuberculosis?.Last updated June 17, 2015 [Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/8856.php#signs_and_symptoms_of_tuberculosis] that "TB is an infectious disease that usually affects the lungs. It is the second greatest killer due to a single infectious agent worldwide, and in 2012, 1.3 million people died from the disease, with 8.6 million falling ill."