PART A - An introduction to "anthrax" and links to anthracite,
carbon and "carbuncle".
PART B - Presents ideas and word roots concerned
with the disease caused by anthrax.
PART C - Highlights the clinical picture.
PART D - Explores terror and terrorism.
Anthrax means "boiling boil"
under the skin. The people called
anthrax, "malignant carbunculosis", to underscore its
severity and to stress the fact that the skin "boiling boils"
resemble a burning piece of carbon, coal, charcoal or
often the disease starts as a skin infection but
may also start as a pulmonary or digestive
disorder. The disease is mostly the result of
the action of a toxin whose most dramatic effect
is to induce massive edema leading to the death
of the affected tissues and often of the victim.
Soon after the September 11th, 2001 terrorists attacks, another
attack was unleashed by the release of "weaponized" or
biological warfare grade anthrax spores. Authorities faced a
possible pandemic concurrent with public pandemonium.
Continued in parts B C and