What disease was known as consumption?
Medical Definition of ConsumptionConsumption: An old and once common term for wasting away of the body, particularly from pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Other old TB terms include the King’s evil or scrofula (TB of the lymph nodes in the neck) and Pott’s disease (TB of the spine).
Why was it called consumption?
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacteria. It was historically called “consumption” due to the weight loss. Infection of other organs can cause a wide range of symptoms.
What would consumption be called today?
Tuberculosis, also known as consumption, is a disease caused by bacteria that usually attacks the lungs, and at the turn of the 20th century, the leading cause of death in the United States.
What was consumption years ago?
Consumption is a translation of a Sanskit word (1000 B.C.) for a wasting disease. Phthis is the word the ancient Greeks used for the disease. As far as historians know it only became epidemic in the 17th century. A hundred years ago it caused the deaths of Canadians than any other single cause.