Sunday, March 10, 2013

Eloise Curbs White Plague

Detroit Free Press, December 5, 1922
TB was known as the white plague in the 1920s. Dr. E. L. Shurly (never trust the Free Press for accuracy) led the tuberculosis revolution at Eloise as he founded and maintained the outdoor tent hospital on a 10-acre farmed owned by Henry Stephens. From its start in 1910--though Shurly had been utilizing the open air methodology for at least a decade beforehand--up until this writing in 1922 the available bed space grew from an original 50 to 136. The average patient was 18-30 and about 1 out of 7 died from the affliction. Shurly not only attempted to arrest the TB but also the ancillary effects which could trigger other illness later in the patient's life.

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