Episode 14: Changing disease identity
A side effect of progress in medical thinking is that diseases had identities changed.
A side effect of progress in medical thinking is that diseases often had their identities changed over time. Andrew looks at the disease that became known as tuberculosis.
A major narrative history series exploring over 2,000 years of western medicine, written and presented by medical historian Andrew Cunningham.
We assume all diseases are eternal. But a side-effect of progress in medical thinking is that diseases often had their identities changed over time. New measuring tools meant that it was impossible to say whether a disease, before and after scientific medicine developed, was in fact the same disease.
Andrew examines the many changing identities of consumption - soon to become known as tuberculosis - a widespread disease throughout 19th century Europe, affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life.
The readers are Tamsin Greig, Scott Handy and Peter Capaldi.