18 June 2024

The “White Plague” and “green gold”: fighting tuberculosis with hops

A wasting disease | The extent to which and in what form societies perceive a disease as a threat is not solely dependent upon somber statistical data, such as mortality rates or the economic consequences. Not long ago, during the Covid-19 pandemic, this became quite obvious. Images always supplement our perception of disease – the ones people conjure in their imaginations about the disease, ongoing interpretations of the disease and their scientific validity, and ultimately about the extent of one’s power: not only one’s power over a disease but one’s power to resist it as well. Tuberculosis, as a disease, was and continues to remain a social phenomenon, one might say, as a metaphor [1].

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