Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|I doubt it.
Written by Andrea Gayle
(5/2/2007 10:15 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Kitty’s cough, penned by Margaret S
While it's a possibility, I would imagine that JA would have mentioned other symptoms, not merely coughing. I don't know what was known about the disease at the time, but a list of symptoms from WebMD includes:
* Ongoing cough that brings up thick, cloudy, and sometimes bloody mucus (sputum) from the lungs.
* Fatigue and weight loss.
* Night sweats and fever.
* Rapid heartbeat.
* Swelling in the neck (when lymph nodes in the neck are infected).
* Shortness of breath and chest pain (in rare cases).
Kitty's merely coughing is not enough to suggest TB in my opinion - if she's energetic enough to dance every dance, then she's unlikely to be suffering from fatigue and weight loss would almost certainly be noticed and harped on by her mother as [to the best of my understanding] the preferred female figure in those days was a bit more rounded than today.
Personally, I think she was just coughing - people cough for all sorts of reasons and I don't see any evidence to suggest TB.
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.