American Experience The Forgotten Plague
Tuberculosis the world's deadliest killer. By the dawn of the nineteenth century, the most deadly killer in human history, tuberculosis, had killed one in seven of all the people who had ever lived. The disease struck America with a vengeance, ravaging communities and touching the lives of almost every family. Rich, poor, young, or old, the disease struck indiscriminately and death could be sudden or painfully prolonged.