Diphtheria: What Exactly Is It … And Why Is It Back?

(By Rae Ellen Bichell for NPR)

In the first century, a doctor called Aretaeus of Cappadocia described the rotting smell of “Egyptian ulcers.” Ancient Chinese medical literature mentions a disease called“children-killing carbuncle.” In 17th century Spain there were references to an illness known as “the strangler.” Continue reading article here…

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