Perhaps T.B. had been a mistake.
~ Peter De Vries, The Blood of the Lamb
Contracting TB got Don Wanderhope out of one fix while putting him into another. That’s typical of tuberculosis. Its near-eradication in the twentieth century was a disaster for literature. Among the more richly allusive ways to snuff it, TB had ranked up there with drowning at sea: Keats and Lycidas arm in arm. Swine flu doesn’t have the same cachet. One can only hope these new drug-resistant TB strains will re-light the chandeliers in the grand alpine sanitariums someday.