Consumption is known today as tuberculosis or TB. It's caused by a bacteria & used to be rare in developed countried until the rise of HIV/AIDS in 1985.
It wasn't discovered that TB was contagious until 1869 (although it's not easy to catch).
- Cough that last 3 or more weeks and/or coughing up blood
- Chest pain or pain when breathing or coughing
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Loss of appetite
- today patients w/ TB spend months taking antibacterials