The White Plague

“All good editors know that, commonly, an expert with a gift for writing can provide first-hand a punchy article whose authoritative weight augments mightily those from staff reporters. An excellent example is in the Sunday’s Washington Post where Howard Markel, a professor of communicable diseases at U. Michigan — and an author — explains tuberculosis, punctures the 19th century’s infatuation with ‘consumption’ as macabre and yet delicately romantic, and explains the deep fears that drug-resistant TB inspires among medical people.”
Wash. Post: The white plague is still with us, KSJT, June 11, 2007

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