Tuberculosis is an infectious wasting disease caused by bacteria. It is also known as consumption.
Although tuberculosis primarily affects the lungs, evidence of the disease has been seen in the spines of Egyptian mummies from 3000 BCE.
In 1842, Dr. John Croghan opened Mammoth Cave in Kentucky to tuberculosis patients. All died, underground, by 1843.
Today, many strains of TB have become antibiotic resistant.
Historical victims of tuberculosis include the poet John Keats, the Little Flower St. Thérèse, and the character Fantine from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable.