Sanatoriums of New Mexico

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Tuberculosis, also known as consumption, the White Plague, or simply TB, was the number-one killer in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many physicians of the era advised their patients to chase the cure for tuberculosis in the Southwest, where the region's clean, dry, fresh air, high altitude, and sunshine offered relief for most and recovery for some. New Mexico, called the "well country," was particularly eager to promote itself as a mecca for lungers with the coming of the railroad to the territory in 1880 and the creation of many new hospitals, known as sanitariums or sanatoriums ("sans"), which specialized in the treatment of TB. This is a brief history of New Mexico's sans, their patients, and the doctors, nurses, and staff who served them during the golden age of the TB industry, from the turn of the 20th century to the eve of World War II.
ISBN: 9781467131322
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Mexico
Series: Images of America
Images: 191
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Richard Melzer is a professor of history at the University of New Mexico's Valencia campus. He is the author of many books about the Southwest, including his award-winning Fred Harvey Houses of the Southwest, published by Arcadia Publishing in 2008. Jake W. Spidle Jr. is a retired history professor from the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Doctors of Medicine in New Mexico (1986).
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