The White Death

The White Death

A History of Tuberculosis

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New York Univ Pr

The victims of tuberculosis (usually known as consumption) included not only Keats, The Brontës, Chopin and Chekhov, but members of almost every family. It was a killer on a huge scale.

The White Death is an outstanding history of tuberculosis. Thomas Dormandy's engrossing account of the search for a cure is complemented by a description of its complex natural history and by portraits of individual sufferers, including writers, artists, and musicians, whose lives and work were shaped (and often tragically curtailed) by the disease. But, tuberculosis is not just a disease of the past. In many parts of the world it is still a bigger killer than AIDS, while in America and Europe drug-resistant strains threaten its resurgence.

Now available in paperback, "Dormandy weaves together cultural and medical history with the skill of a learned and witty scholar" (Library Journal) to provide a history of tuberculosis.

Publisher: Washington Square, NY : New York University Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780814719275
Branch Call Number: 616.995 DOR
Characteristics: xiv, 433 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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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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