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Saving Sickly Children: The Tuberculosis Preventorium in American Life, 1909-1970
by Cynthia A Connolly
Rutgers University Press, 2008
eISBN: 978-0-8135-8221-4 | Paper: 978-0-8135-6967-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-4267-6
Library of Congress Classification RC312.6.C4C66 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.196995

Winner of the 2008 AAHN Lavinia Dock Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing

Known as "The Great Killer" and "The White Plague," few diseases influenced American life as much as tuberculosis. Sufferers migrated to mountain or desert climates believed to ameliorate symptoms. Architects designed homes with sleeping porches and verandas so sufferers could spend time in the open air. The disease even developed its own consumer culture complete with invalid beds, spittoons, sputum collection devices, and disinfectants. The "preventorium," an institution designed to protect children from the ravages of the disease, emerged in this era of Progressive ideals in public health.

In this book, Cynthia A. Connolly provides a provocative analysis of public health and family welfare through the lens of the tuberculosis preventorium. This unique facility was intended to prevent TB in indigent children from families labeled irresponsible or at risk for developing the disease. Yet, it also held deeply rooted assumptions about class, race, and ethnicity. Connolly goes further to explain how the child-saving themes embedded in the preventorium movement continue to shape children's health care delivery and family policy in the United States.

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