Cross-Cultural Issues in Treating Eastern European Immigrants into Lancaster County with Latent Tubersulosis
Hagelstein, Cristin Samantha
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Tuberculosis (TB), consumption, the “White Plague,” Mycobacterium tuberculosis, phthisis, tubercle bacillus, pulmonary TB, active TB, latent TB (Rosenkrantz 1994). Regardless of the name it has been given, TB has been a scientific conundrum, a cultural icon, and a complex societal problem during its long history. Most diseases cannot compare to the devastating effects TB has had on the human race. Egyptian mummies dating back to 2400 B.C. have been found with signs of TB (NJMS National Tuberculosis Center 1996); and the disease continues today, with 1/3 of the world’s population infected with some form of TB and two million people dying each year from the disease (CDC 2000:1). “Consumption” is written on the death certificates of such famous people as Edgar Allan Poe, Cicero, Mozart, Eleanor Roosevelt (StopTB 2005), and has been portrayed on stage in Puccini’s La Boheme and Verdi’s La Traviata (Timebomb 2002:18). The enduring presence of TB does not mean that breakthroughs in controlling and fighting the disease have not been made. However, these breakthroughs have significantly impacted human populations, both culturally and socially.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2005
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