History of Epidemics

“And the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer Unto Ashdod… And the hand of the Lord was heavy upon the azotans, and he smote them, and punished them with painful growths, in Azot and in its vicinity. And the azotans saw it, and said, let not the ark of the …

Tuberculosis — Disease of Dampness and Hunger

“She is still alive today, tomorrow is not” — in his famous and unfinished poem dedicated to the” dreary time”, Alexander Pushkin compares autumn to a” consumptive maiden”, condemned to death. Consumption, or, in scientific terms, tuberculosis, was the scourge of the old “pre-antibiotic” times. Until the advent of antibiotics such as streptomycin and rifampicin, …