The Weariness, the Fever, and the Fret: The Campaign against by Katherine McCuaig

By Katherine McCuaig

In The Weariness, the Fever, and the worry Katherine McCuaig takes an in-depth examine the crusade opposed to TB, from its beginnings as a part of the turn-of-the-century city social reform move to the Fifties and the invention of antibiotics that may remedy it. even supposing the bacillus that factors it were chanced on in 1882, on the flip of the century TB was once, as Osler saw, "a social illness with a scientific aspect." With "fresh air, strong meals, strong homes, and desire" because the simply to be had therapy, scuffling with the ailment intended not just removing the germ yet attacking the underlying social difficulties that predisposed a person to disorder - alcoholism and bad residing and dealing stipulations. by way of the tip of global conflict I the bacteriological procedure had develop into dominant, with federally multiplied sanatoria, expanding provincial involvement and accountability, and extra refined know-how to diagnose and deal with the affliction. The crusade opposed to TB not just inspired the way future health prone have been tested and the department of accountability between a number of degrees of presidency and volunteers yet profoundly affected attitudes towards the political and monetary improvement of Canadian future health care and the last word call for for medicare. Drawing on assets starting from govt reviews and archival fabric to extra normal North American social and political ancient study, McCuaig demonstrates how TB was once considered and the way it used to be managed, which owed as a lot to altering attitudes in society as to bacteriological discoveries.

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2 5 Like spitting, the public drinking cup in schools, hotels, railway stations, and other public buildings was considered an obvious purveyor of disease. "A public toothpick," one writer acidly remarked, "would be more unpopular, but not a whit more undesirable,"26 and various substitutes for the public drinking cup, including disposable paper cups and "bubbling fountains," were promoted. Milk, too, could transmit tuberculosis. Not only could a diseased cow infect the beverage but the common method of selling it to the urban poor, as "dip tank milk," almost ensured contamination after it was shipped to the city.

It seemed foolish to spend money importing countless strangers while native Canadians were callously neglected. J. Richer pointed out in 1903 that probably 48,000 Canadians were invalided each year from tuberculosis - and the federal government had brought in 49,149 immigrants at a cost cost AT A a COST DDCC°f $495^42 in 1902. 59 As the president of the national association, J. George Adami, demanded, with more than a hint of xenophobia: "Is it not better for us in Canada i8 The Weariness, the Fever, and the Fret Patient on a roof.

I also remembered instantly that several relatives had died of it; that was the position I found myself in. "97 To counteract this problem, sanatoria attempted to adopt a policy in the early years of admitting only early cases. By this means they hoped to have a higher cure rate; patients would stay a shorter time, and they would not require the medical facilities a sanatorium neither had nor could afford. 98 Outpatient Care: The Dispensary Sanatoria did not touch the lives of the vast majority of tuberculosis victims: the urban poor.

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