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Author Burke, Stacie (Stacie D. A.), author.

Title Building resistance : children, tuberculosis, and the Toronto sanatorium / Stacie Burke
Published Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 554 pages) : illustrations
Series desLibris. Books collection
Contents Building bodies of resistance -- The Toronto sanatorium : the context -- Guarded hopes and difficult truths : children, families, and the sanatorium -- Tuberculosis and the body : biology, beliefs, and experience -- Blood and oxygen : building bodies of resistance -- From collapse to cure : the modern therapeutics -- Children and the Sanatorium : conduct sheets and report cards -- Tuberculosis support and philanthropy -- Conclusion
Summary "In 1882, Robert Koch determined that tuberculosis was an infectious disease caused by a bacterium. In Canada, tuberculosis was a widespread, endemic disease and many children were infected in their youth, often within their family homes. Ongoing concerns led to the rise of modern, scientific hospitals specialized in the treatment of tuberculosis, including the Toronto sanatorium which opened in 1904 on the outskirts of the city. Lacking antibiotic treatments until the 1940s, the early sanatorium era was defined by the principles of resistance building, recognizing that the body itself possessed a potential to overcome tuberculosis through rest, nutrition, and fresh air. Over time, various surgeries were added to the medical repertoire, all intended to assist the body in building resistance. Belief in modern medicine positioned the Toronto sanatorium as a place of perseverance and hope. Situated in the era before streptomycin, Building Resistance explores children's diverse experiences with tuberculosis infection, disease, hospitalization, and treatment. Grounded in a descriptively rich and thick qualitative case study methodology, and based on archival research, the book examines children's experiences at the Toronto sanatorium between 1909 and 1950. In Building Resistance Stacie Burke questions how tuberculosis infection and disease impacted on the bodies, families, and lives of children. The tuberculosis experience is approached holistically, as a biosocial construct, focusing not only with the biologies of bodies and tuberculosis bacteria, but also the nature of the social and medical worlds in which those bodies and bacteria were embedded."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Tuberculosis in children -- Ontario -- Toronto -- History -- 20th century
Tuberculosis -- Treatment -- Ontario -- Toronto -- History -- 20th century
Sanatoriums -- Ontario -- Toronto -- History -- 20th century
Tuberculosis -- therapy
Tuberculosis -- history
Hospitals, Chronic Disease
Tuberculosis, Pulmonary
children (people by age group)
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
MEDICAL -- History.
Tuberculosis in children
Tuberculosis -- Treatment
Ontario -- Toronto
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018377319
ISBN 9780773553811
Other Titles Children, tuberculosis, and the Toronto sanatorium