Tuberculosis: Necessitated the Opening of Sanatoriums
Tuberculosis, also known as consumption, was a common disease in the 19th century. So common, in fact, that sanatoriums were opened for treatment of the disease. These institutions exposed patients to fresh air and provided proper nutrition; however, for many patients it was where they died.
Public campaigns were organized to stop spitting and encouraged people to seek medical attention.
Tuberculosis is caused by a bacteria and is spread like the common cold through coughs and sneezes. It most commonly affects the lungs.
- Blood tinged phlegm
- Weight loss
Most people who have tuberculosis are asymptomatic.
Tuberculosis claimed the lives of many in the Victorian and Edwardian eras with a death rate of up to 50 percent for those showing symptoms.
Some notable people who died of the disease before 1920 include:
- Jane Austen
- Emily Bronte
- Anne Bronte
- Henry David Thoreau
- John Keats
- Anton Chekhov
- Alexander Pope
- Stephen Crane
- Gavrilo Princip
- Frederic Chopin
- President Andrew Jackson
- President James Monroe
- Louis Braille
- First Lady Caroline Harrison
- First Lady Hannah van Buren
- King Henry VII
- King Edward VI
- Dred Scott
- Doc Holliday
Today, tuberculosis kills millions globally each year, most in developing nations without access to antibiotics.
Where to Purchase the WWI Trilogy
This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI Trilogy: Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year. The trilogy focuses on Hettie and her family as they navigate the challenges and heartbreak World War I brings.
Angel of Mercy: A nurse reluctantly sacrifices her career for marriage. An impending war will change her, and her husband’s, life forever. Available in eBook, paperback and hardcover. Click here for a full list of retailers.
Those Left Behind: The brewing winds of war will soon rip the family apart. Available in eBook, paperback and hardcover. Click here for a full list of retailers.
Adjustment Year: A war nurse returns home. Society expects her to carry on as if the Great War never happened. But how can she? Available in eBook, paperback and hardcover. Click here for a full list of retailers.