The Forgotten Plague

The Forgotten Plague

Tuberculosis in America

DVD - 2015
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By the dawn of the nineteenth century, tuberculosis had killed one in seven of all the people who had ever lived. The disease struck America with a vengeance, ravaging communities and touching the lives of almost every family. The battle against the deadly bacteria had a profound and lasting impact on the country, It shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. The story is told through the remembrances of those who lived-- and were cured-- at tuberculosis sanatoriums, along with historians and scientists.
Publisher: Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution, [2015]
Edition: DVD.
ISBN: 9781627893091
1627893091
Branch Call Number: 616.995 F763
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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BBRUTTIG
Jul 17, 2019

PBS historical documentary about Tuberculosis and the fight to eradicate it from the world. Well done.

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swyckl
Apr 26, 2019

I liked this Historical Documentary DVD. It was comprehensive and informative. It is 60 minutes long. By the dawn of the nineteenth century, tuberculosis had killed one in seven of all the people who had ever lived. The disease struck America with a vengeance, ravaging communities and touching the lives of almost every family. The battle against the deadly bacteria had a profound and lasting impact on the country, It shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. The story is told through the remembrances of those who lived - and were cured - at tuberculosis sanatoriums, along with historians and scientists.

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kpelish
Apr 17, 2018

High-quality PBS production of TB and how it raked across the U.S., killing sometimes quickly, killing sometimes over long years. Good portrayal of the dedicated doctors who researched cures furiously and the rise/fall of sanatoriums.

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byoneoka
Apr 03, 2018

My father contracted TB as a young man, and ended up in a sanatorium in the SW. His treatment was surgery that collapsed a diseased lung. He somehow survived -- this was well before the miracle streptomycin cocktail cure. I am so grateful to PBS to see film footage of the TB pandemic in the US, and what patients who contracted the disease had to go through.

An excellent documentary.

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