Tuberculosis: The Cause of the Early Death of John Keats
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William James Maloney
John Keats was an English Romantic poet born in the late 1700ʼs. Among his
better known works are ʻOde on a Grecian Urnʼ and ʻOde to a Nightingaleʼ. Keats
suffered a series of hemorrhages in 1820 and died at the age of 25 from tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis is a potentially fatal disease caused by a bacterium known as
Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It usually attacks the lungs but can also affect other parts
of the body such as the brain, kidneys, and spine.
Brain, chills, coughing, droplets, Enfield Academy, fatigue, fever,
Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries, night sweats, spinal column,
tuberculosis, weight loss.
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