Hannah Primrose, Countess of Rosebery (1851-1890)

From: Rosebery – Statesman in Turmoil (2005), by Leo McKinstry:

“…’…Typhoid is a very exhausting illness. I have four excellent nurses. Dr Broadbent is staying here and is increasing in his kindness and attention. I have the greatest confidence in him for this disease.’ But she then suffered a relapse, and from 13 November was delirious. What Rosebery had not been told was that she was also suffering from Bright’s disease, a kidney complaint that meant it was almost impossible she should survive a prolonged bout of typhoid. By 17 November it was obvious that the end could not be far away, some soothing words from the doctors notwithstanding. ‘My invalid progresses very slowly, if indeed at all,’ Rosebery told Gladstone. ‘It cannot be far from the 50th day of fever and how the human frame resists such strain is more than I can understand.’ Hannah’s frame could not resist much longer. On the morning of November 18 she breathed her last.”

From Wikipedia:

“Bright’s disease is a historical classification of kidney diseases that would be described in modern medicine as acute or chronic nephritis.

The symptoms and signs of Bright’s disease were first described in 1827 by the English physician Richard Bright, after whom the disease was named. In his Reports of Medical Cases, he described 25 cases of dropsy (edema) which he attributed to kidney disease. The triad of dropsy, albumin in the urine and kidney disease came to be regarded as characteristic of Bright’s disease.

It is now known that Bright’s disease is caused by a wide and diverse range of kidney diseases.

Arnold Ehret was diagnosed with Bright’s disease and pronounced incurable by 24 of Europe’s most respected doctors; he designed The Mucusless Diet Healing System, which apparently cured his illness. William Howard Hay, MD had the illness and, it is claimed, cured himself using the Hay diet.

The Hay diet was popular in the 1930s and many restaurants offered ‘Hay-friendly’ menus; followers of his dietary advice, included Henry Ford and Man Ray. In this period Hay was criticized in the Journal of the American Medical Society (JAMA) as a food-faddist. In 1935, Stewart Baxter showed that the pancreas secretes digestion enzymes simultaneously regardless of whether the food eaten is carbohydrates or protein, contrary to one of the central propositions of the diet.”

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