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Captain of Death : The Story of Tuberculosis - Thomas M. Daniel

Captain of Death

The Story of Tuberculosis

Paperback Published: 16th January 2006
ISBN: 9781580460705
Number Of Pages: 303

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The dramatic story of tuberculosis is told here in a straightforward and accessible style. It presents the stories of persons connected with the disease, either as victims, or as those who made contributions to our knowledge of it; in addition to these personal accounts, the book unfolds the history and explains the pathogenesis of TB. The re-emergence of tuberculosis as a major American public health hazard has focused much attention on this ancient disease. This book offers a comprehensive account of the disease from prehistoric times through to the present day, detailing the attempts to eradicate it completely. Its four separate sections [the spread of tuberculosis; its infectious nature; susceptibility to it; and methods of treatment] are linked through the device of presenting individuals' particular experience of the disease, whether as as victims, or as those who made contributions to our knowledge of it; in between these vignettes, the book unfolds the history and explains the pathogenesis of TB. A detailed medical glossary completes the volume.

Thomas M. Daniel is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and International Health and Director of the Center for International Health at Case Western Reserve University.

Industry Reviews

Daniel's Captain of Death: The Story of Tuberculosis gives a fine introduction to the fascinating history of the disease, told in an unusually friendly manner. Daniel successfully communicates his love of the subject. . . and his literary style will pull the reader along effortlessly. Daniel's profound commitment to his subject is apparent. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, Oct. 1998

Entertaining and instructive. . . the book [is] readily accessible to the lay public. SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL TIMES

Daniel's description of the modern accounts of the bio-medical response to the disease is the most compelling part of the story. AMERICAN J. OF HUMAN BIOLOGY, Vol. 11

The clarity and intelligence with which Daniel deploys his scientific knowledge to make the science of tuberculosis accessible to the general reader make this book both enjoyable and instructive. MEDICAL HISTORY

This beautifully written and thoroughly researched monograph. . . traces the history of TB from prehistory through today. It is both synoptic and chronologic in approach, and always logical and readable. CHOICE, June 1998

Introductionp. 1
Consumption: Tuberculosis Through the Ages
An Egyptian Girl; A Peruvian Boyp. 9
Kos, Alexandria, and Romep. 17
The Middle Ages and Beyondp. 22
The Relentless Tidep. 28
The Hope for Eradicationp. 41
The Failed Conquestp. 50
The Great White Plague: The Infectious Nature of Tuberculosis
Etudep. 61
Animalculap. 69
Robert Koch and the Tubercle Bacillusp. 74
A Distinctly Preventable Diseasep. 87
Heroesp. 97
Of Languor and Lymphocytes: Susceptibility and Resistance to Tuberculosis
Two Men of Lettersp. 101
Brownish Transparent Liquidp. 113
A Family Affairp. 121
Bacille Calmette-Guerinp. 131
Four Cornerposts of Sciencep. 143
The Cursed Duetp. 151
Magic Mountains and Magic Bullets: The Treatment of Tuberculosis
Victoriesp. 159
Wolf's Liver and Sea Voyagesp. 165
False Hopep. 171
Places Apartp. 178
Collapse and Mutilationp. 195
Magic Bulletp. 203
Microbe Killersp. 215
One One-Hundredth of an Ounce of Preventionp. 223
Hope in Haitip. 231
App. I: Chronologyp. 239
App. II: Glossaryp. 243
Notesp. 252
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9781580460705
ISBN-10: 1580460704
Series: Rochester Studies in Medical History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 303
Published: 16th January 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.09 x 15.29  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Type: New edition