FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO HAD TUBERCULOSIS
Many people have had tuberculosis. TB was much more common in the
1820s-1920s.After that there was the Sanitarium Movement
and a fresh understanding of TB that scientists like Robert Koch helped
form to stop tuberculosis.
Here is a story of the famous poet and writer of the 19th century, John
Keats. Keats was born in the late 1700s. Born in London, he was an only
child. His parents both died when he was young. His mother died of
tuberculosis, his father of a broken spine.
Keats somehow got lung TB when he was only 23. He half recovered, then
got much worse. This was mostly due to his inexperienced doctor, Dr.
Clark. Clark practically starved Keats. A sardine a day was thought to
be enough nourishment. Keats had a good and faithful friend, Percy
Bysshe Shelley. Shelley had tuberculosis when he died, though he did
not die of TB, but in a sailing accident. Keats probably infected
Shelley since Shelley was with Keats when he died. Keats died in 1821,
in Rome. Shelley was with him to the end.
Some short histories of famous people with Tuberculosis.
A Unitarian minster, in Boston around 1850, named Theodore Parker,
studied his family tree, only to find that three generations of his
family had tuberculosis, starting with his grandma, Parker soon died of
Frederic Chopin, a famous traveling composer and pianist, was thrown
out of his lodgings when he found he had tuberculosis. It is assumed
that he coughed up some bloody phylum and the owners were afraid of
Richard Parkes Bonington, an18th or 19th century English painter,
became terribly ill with TB. He went to Venice and painted some of his
best paintings. His father, appalled at the state of Bonington's
Health, removed Bonington from Venice. He was put in a nursing home in
London, where he lived out his life.
A list of people known to have Tuberculosis:
*Jean-Antoine Watteau, painter of the Baroque style.
*Amede Modigliani, Italian painter, he was know for his unique style.
*Edgar Allan Poe, writer, poet, him and his wife died of TB. even
though that is little known.
*Anton Chekhov, Russian writer and playwright.
The entire family of the Brontës had
TB, including the four children, Branwell, Emily, Anne and Charlotte.
All of the Brontës lived together in a small house, and the
rooms were crowded. Tuberculosis quickly spread through the family.
Branwell is known for being a writer and opium addict. His sisters were
also known for their books, Emily for Wuthering Heights, Anne for Agnes
Grey, Charlotte for Jane Eyre. All of them died in their late 20s or
Tuberculosis has always been found in English
literature and poetry. In fact, some people have assumed that all
people that had TB wrote poetry. This is not true, for it doesn't take
into account the many people who had Tuberculosis and were destitute.
They could not afford a doctor, much less schooling. It is true that
tuberculosis is more common in poverty-stricken families, though TB
does infect wealthier families as well. Some people in the 19th-20th
centuries thought that since some families were richer they did not get
sick, but this is not true. Tuberculosis can be caught by anyone in the
presence of someone with active TB, wealth does not matter.