"She's like everyone else in Limerick, ashamed of the TB"

La Miseria Christabal Rojas
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Tuberculosis spread rapidly throughout Ireland after the war, mainly due to poor housing, diet and general ill health.  Antibiotics and newly-built sanitoria improved the situation, but poverty and the shame of it were inextricably linked with TB in people's minds.