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From: Earle Spencer <>
Subject: [ONT] Note of Interest
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 16:14:34 -0400
A list came up on another line about children
dying so young and often many children in one
family. Before I discard this, I thought others
may like to read it.
Your message sure makes one sit-up and appreciate
our life today. Last night I was just reading my
Nov. Practical Family History and there was a sad
story on just your subject. I will quote a small
amount as maybe others are interested.
A CAUSE FOR SO MUCH SADNESS
One of the major causes of early death in the past
was tuberculosis, or TB. In poor districts it
accounted for 50% of all deaths of children under
5 years of age. TB had many names, both real and
euphemistic, including consumption, phthisis, decline,
wasting disease, delicacy, delicacy of the lungs,
graveyard cough, lung weakness and marasmus.
The disease could be caught from the contaminated
milk of diseased cows, since weakened mothers were
sometimes unable to feed their babies their own milk.
The cows' milk contained growths which clogged the
lungs - enough of a reason to thank that great
scientist, Louis Pasteur, for his discoveries.
There was more but I won't post it here. I have
given you the main text.
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