The Captain of the Men of Death

Yet the captain of all these men of death that came against him to take him away, was the consumption, for it was that that brought him down to the grave. —John Bunyan Today, 24 March is World Tuberculosis Day (and here) and the anniversary of the day in 1882 when Robert Koch announced his finding of Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the causative germ of TB. TB, in those days was a major cause of death, accounting for perhaps 20% of …

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