April 18th, 2010

Seeking lengthly, terminal illness

Setting: constructed fantasy world, area roughly equivalent to Europe; some magic
Timeframe & technology: similar to 1920s/1930s

Basically -- Character A, a man in his 40s and in generally good health otherwise -- barring smoking -- needs to fall very, very sick, very slowly. For story reasons, it can't be the obvious culprit of tuberculosis. I'm seeking a disease that was hard to treat prior to antibiotics, produces nonspecific symptoms at the start, progresses over the course of a year or so (not too fussy about the specific length here, but it has to be at least several months) and eventually renders him bedridden (and possibly kills him), but without affecting his mental abilities very much.

The illness can be infectious or genetic.

I would also like to know what sort of treatment would have been available for said disease in that timeframe.

Research done: to be honest, not very much. I'm not entirely sure where to start looking with this. A lot of long-term, inherited fatal illnesses I can think of tend to affect cognition, but I need him to be in relatively sound mind up 'til the end.

Thanks in advance!
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MOD POST

Hello, everyone!

Instead of writing a paper I've been cleaning up the tags a little bit, mostly by merging duplicate tags and splitting larger tags into smaller ones.

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Number of passengers on a busy London tube train.

Situation: Present day. A time portal opens on the London Underground Piccadilly line near Holborn station during the rush hour on a weekday morning, and a tube train goes through it.

I've found out that the train will have six carriages, and that the Piccadilly line uses old rolling stock from 1973, although they've been refurbished in the last few years. What I can't find out is how many passengers are likely to be on it at the time.

I've googled pretty much every combination of underground train/tube train passegner number that I can think of, but all I'm getting is the total passenger numbers across the whole network for a year or for a month.