Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: climate cure

  • The climate cure: Treating tuberculosis in the nineteenth century

    Brendan PulsiferAtlanta, Georgia Tuberculosis pervaded nineteenth-century American life like no other disease. More commonly known as consumption at the time, it was responsible for one in five deaths, making it the deadliest pathogen for people across ages, genders, and classes. Doctors often described tuberculosis as the most dangerous illness in their clinical practice because of…