In ancient India, tuberculosis was called Rajrog or the King’s Disease. A benevolent king would dole out gold coins to the poor, which raised their economic status, leading to improvement in their nutritional standards. That led to a decrease in the number of new infections and better recovery of those already infected. If he was uncaring towards his people, the undernourished poor would find it difficult to avoid the curse and inadvertently become victims of it. So rightly or wrongly, it was thought that the king controlled the disease.