Chapter 1 : Tuberculosis in History: Did It Change the Way We Live?

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Tuberculosis is one of the oldest of humankind’s plagues ( ). The genus of the causative organism, , may be millions of years old. probably emerged as a pathogen of our early ancestors 20,000 to 15,000 years ago in east Africa. As humans peopled the globe, they took their diseases with them, including tuberculosis. DNA of and typical tuberculous lesions containing acid-fast bacilli have been identified in both Egyptian and Peruvian mummies. Further documentation of the ancient spread of tuberculosis is contained in ancient texts and is documented at archeological sites.

Citation: Daniel T. 2017. Tuberculosis in History: Did It Change the Way We Live?, p 3-10. In Schlossberg D (ed), Tuberculosis and Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infections, Seventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819866.ch1
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