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Part 1 Consumption - tuberculosis through the ages: an Egyptian girl, a Peruvian boy; Kos, Alexandria and Rome; the Middle Ages and beyond; the relentless tide; the hope for eradication; the failed conquest. Part 2 The great white plague -the infectious nature of tuberculosis: etude; animalcula; Robert Koch and the tubercle bacillus; a distinctly preventable disease; heroes. Part 3 Of languor and lymphocytes - susceptibility and resistance to tuberculosis: two men of letters; brownish transparent liquid; a family affair; bacille Calmette-Guerin; four cornerposts of science; the cursed duet. Part 4 Magic mountains and magic bullets - the treatment of tuberculosis: victories; wolf's liver and sea voyages; false hope; places apart; collapse and mutilation; magic bullet; microbe killers; one one-hundredth of an ounce of prevention. Part 5 Epilogue: hope in Haiti.


Daniel's Captain of Death: The Story of Tuberculosis gives a fine introduction to the fascinating history of the disease, told in an unusually friendly manner. Daniel successfully communicates his love of the subject. . . and his literary style will pull the reader along effortlessly. Daniel's profound commitment to his subject is apparent. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, Oct. 1998 Entertaining and instructive. . . the book [is] readily accessible to the lay public. SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL TIMES Daniel's description of the modern accounts of the bio-medical response to the disease is the most compelling part of the story. AMERICAN J. OF HUMAN BIOLOGY, Vol. 11 The clarity and intelligence with which Daniel deploys his scientific knowledge to make the science of tuberculosis accessible to the general reader make this book both enjoyable and instructive. MEDICAL HISTORY This beautifully written and thoroughly researched monograph. . . traces the history of TB from prehistory through today. It is both synoptic and chronologic in approach, and always logical and readable. CHOICE, June 1998

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