A gas attack in the First World War has awakened tuberculosis as a delayed effect, and it is galloping through his lungs.
Although occurring only a handful of years before the discovery of streptomycin,
Sir Edward’s tuberculosis is a death sentence.
never mentions the danger of spreading it to others or shows any interest in that possibility. Was it that, in those days, certain people were so socially prominent that doctors dared not suggest to them so vulgar a matter as contagiousness?
Something similar is related in Reginald Pound’s 1967 survey Harley Street, though in this case the specialist takes a more robust approach than the general practitioner: