Cystic Fibrosis

August 2, 2015

Woe to that child which when kissed on the forehead tastes salty. He is bewitched and soon must die. This adage, from northern European folklore, is an early reference to the common genetic disease recognized today as cystic fibrosis. As the saying implies, the disorder once routinely killed children in infancy and is often identifiable by excessive salt in sweat.