Consumption Injunction

Despite passage of the Clean Air Act 1956, London remains the “tuberculosis capital of Europe.”

Author Francis Wilson traces TB’s indomitable evolution from the largely romanticized “‘disease of storytellers" consumed by a flame inside the body to modern outbreaks whose victims are largely socially invisible. Today’s TB disproportionately affects those living in poverty where symptoms—sweats, weight loss and fever—are often mistaken for addiction.

Modern TB eradication efforts include the NHS’s stealthy Find & Treat vans equipped with x-ray machines as well as TB education efforts  to remove stigma. Some patients, says Find & Treat founder Al Story, “would rather be diagnosed with AIDS.”

The Guardian

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