What was actually wrong with the character "Tiny Tim" in A Christmas Carol?
In the movie version, Tiny Tim has a crutch and sometimes a chronic cough. He is a very sickly child on the verge of death. However, due to the change of heart and the generosity of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tim survives. So, what was wrong with him?
I've read the book a few times in school and I don't recall any explicit mention of the character's illness in any chapter. Tim is supposed to represent the Cratchet family's fortune and misfortune for they are typical working class Victorian Londoners, a large family who's bond with each other is what Dickens wants to convey as their true wealth in life despite their financial hardship (mainly brought about by Scrooge's tightfisted nature). Tiny Tim maybe a financial burden (who would die if present circumstances stayed the same) but is adored by the whole family and thus considered a key source of joy and wealth in their lives.
Having said all that.He closely corresponds to someone suffering from Rickets in the movie version. This is likely considering that it's fatal and usually it's victims are children.
I don't think so. It was not till after 1900 that Salk developed the first vaccine. I was thinking that there was some kind of treatment that would help children with polio back in the days of Dickinson.Daniel's answer may be more on track.
According to Wikipedia: "Poliovirus is usually spread from person to person through infected feces entering the mouth. It may also be spread by food or water containing human feces and less commonly from infected saliva.."
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