K (misskvk) wrote in little_details,

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Recovering from TB/consumption without medicine

Is it possible to recover from TB without modern medicine, or is pretty much a done deal once you've contracted the disease? I found an article stating that pre-modern medicine, only 20% recovered from the disease. (http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/mdd/v05/i02/html/02timeline.html) The source seems legit, but description wise doesn't help me too much. How long does it take to for your body to naturally fight off TB? If you manage to recover from it, does that mean it was never a serious case in the first place? How long would you be bedridden overcoming it? If it's helpful, the unlucky character who has contracted it is a strong, otherwise healthy girl in 1917 Russia.

Thanks in advance for your help! I love this community.
Tags: 1910-1919, russia: history, ~medicine: historical, ~medicine: illnesses: lung problems

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