Once So Common, TB Sanitariums Dotted the Landscape
Many of us find ancestors who died of Tuberculosis (TB), also often referred to as Consumption. I know that I did – my paternal grandfather. Richard Alfred Acey died 17 May 1940 at the Essex Sanatorium, Middleton, MA of Pulmonary Tuberculosis at the age of 25 – he died so young.
I was reminded of the prevalence of TB and the treatment (many isolated at sanitariums) when I read She's consumed by the story of the state's sanatoriums.
Mary Krugerud admits she’s “a wee bit obsessed” — and her 15 three-ring binders prove it. For 25 years now, Krugerud’s meticulous research has made her the authority on a forgotten niche of state history: Minnesota’s long gone but once innovative network of tuberculosis sanatoriums.
From Worthington to Wabasha to Walker, 19 massive round-the-clock tuberculosis care buildings opened between 1905 and 1918 — isolating patients and, in turn, lowering the number of cases of what was commonly called the Consumption.
If you think you had a relative who died of TB, a great place to start is Medical & Medicine >> Hospitals, Asylums & Sanatoriums (Cyndi’s List).
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