Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The White Death

Thomas Dormandy's book "The White Death" a History of Tuberculosis arrived this morning.
One of the first things that hit me when I started to do a rapid skim through were the number of famous people who have had TB.
Just a sample: D.H. Lawrence, Chopin, Paganini, Keats. Modigliani, Bronte sisters, Kafka, Chekhov, George Orwell, Audrey Beardsley, Kirchner, Laurence Sterne, Antoine Watteau, Katherine Mansfield, Albert Camus and Vivien Leigh.

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