Oct 8, 2018
Tuberculosis has been humanity’s
oldest and greatest killer. Starting at the turn of the nineteenth
century, the White Plague was decimating entire generations in the
crowded and unclean cities of Europe, North America, and across the
globe. But as medical science learned more about the disease,
doctors and reformers developed new ways to combat it, most notably
specialized tuberculosis hospitals that sought to heal their
patients with fresh air, rest, and a nutritious diet. This episode
discusses the sanatorium movement and the gradual conquest of
tuberculosis, long before effective antibiotic therapy existed.
Along the way we’re going to talk about the King’s Evil, the
dangers of rebreathed air, the healing powers of mountains, and the
social determinants of health. Plus, a brand new #AdamAnswers about
maternal placentophagy. All this and more on Episode 39 of Bedside
Rounds, monthly podcast on the weird, wonderful, and intensely
human stories that have shaped modern medicine, brought to you in
partnership with the American College of Physicians. To claim CME
and MOC credit, please go to www.acponline.org/BedsideRounds.
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