MiRi Posted December 9, 2003 Share Posted December 9, 2003 Did Tiny Tim from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" have a real, diagnosable health problem, or was he afflicted with a made-up storybook ailment? Here're the main clues (as well as I can gather them): * He was partially lame (could walk with a crutch)... * His condition was degenerative -- & eventually terminal... Most people can usually isolate some pretty good guesses based on those 2 hints, but here's the point that always stymies the doctors & nurses I know: * His condition could be alleviated with 18th century medicine -- IF someone affluent (like Scrooge) were to pay for treatment (remember: Tim doesn't die BECAUSE Uncle Ebenezer opens his pocket book at the end of the story)... ...THAT's the wild card. For the record: TB & polio are the 2 most common guesses I've heard, but with the confusion that late-1700's/early 1800's medicine (the time period when the story seems to have been set, rather than when it was published) couldn't do much about either. What do you think, you med school students? (You know who you are!) (BTW: I know the answer but just want to see what you can come up with. ) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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