Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Once a Tubercular, always a Tubercular--And it's been on my Mind Lately

Thinking about Joe, who found his when I did in 1955 and went to the same warehouse lockup I did and died of it in 1960. Thinking about the one-hour PBS show on the Plague. Thinking about hearing Johnny Cash in a sanatorium at the end of 1955 singing about those rich people on those dining cars who keep on moving, and that's what tortured him. [Official Cash site said that was an erroneous memory. I did not really connect the song to doctors poking their heads in and racing on! It was not released yet! Oh, I remembered. It was released early in the Bay Area to at least a few stations.] Thinking about playing the lead in THE MALE ANIMAL while air was sloshing around from pneumo-peritoneum. Thinking about streptomycin and thinking about the first test for AIDS and the first effective drugs.

WHO: Tuberculosis Now Rivals AIDS as Leading Cause of Death

Voice of America - ‎5 hours ago‎
October 28, 2015 5:03 PM. CHICAGO—. For the first time, tuberculosis infections have rivaled HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death from infectious diseases, the World Health Organization said in a report released Wednesday.

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