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Book and Media Reviews
March 25, 2009

Saving Sickly Children: The Tuberculosis Preventorium in American Life, 1909-1970

JAMA. 2009;301(12):1288-1294. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.394

Saving Sickly Children: The Tuberculosis Preventorium in America, 1909-1970 is the fascinating story of a long-forgotten idea for preventing tuberculosis epidemics among the urban poor at the beginning of the 20th century. The author, trained as a nurse before becoming a historian, uncovers how well-meaning Progressive Era reformers took “pretubercular” children out of their family homes and placed them in residential institutions to prevent them from developing the disease.

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