Here in 19th century England, tuberculosis (also known as the White Plague, consumption, scrofula, and phthisis) is the leading cause of death. While a painful, brutal disease, tuberculosis has become a fashionable and sought-after ailment due to its victims’ pale, thin appearance and its ultimate result in a “beautiful death” sought after by Romantic poets.
The rise of the “tubercular aesthetic” has taken Victorian culture by storm, affecting all aspects of science, politics, literature, art, and daily life. This blog’s purpose is to inform our readers of all things regarding TB and its impact on culture. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion trends or the newest discoveries in tuberculosis research, you’ve come to the right place.
Header Image: Rich, Lloyd. “Victorian Blackheath Village London SE3.” Flickr. May 26, 2015.https://www.flickr.com/photos/23875695@N06/18134683322.