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History of Diseases

Explore library resources related to the history of various diseases.

Famous Patients

  • Anne Bronte, (1816-1849) English writer
  • Emily Bronte, (1818-1848), English writer
  • George Orwell, (1903-1950),English writer
  • Vivian Leigh, (1913-1967), English actress
  • Eugene O’Neill, (1888-1949), American playwright.
  • John Keats, (1795-1821), English poet.
  • Honore de Balzac, (1799-1850), French writer
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning, (1806-1861), English writer
  • Anton Chekhov, (1860-1904) Russian writer
  • Stephen Crane, (1871-1900), American writer
  • Franz Kafka (1883-1924), German writer
  • Katherine Mansfield, (1888-1923), New Zealand writer
  • Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish writer
  • Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862) American writer
  • Frederic Chopin, (1810-1849), French composer
  • Louis XIII, (1601-1643), King of France
  • Louis XVII, (1785-1795), King of France
  • Edward Lincoln, (1846-1850) ,son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln
  • Thomas Lincoln, (1853-1871), son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln

They say that history is made up of biographies. Here's a few.

  • Mathew Baillie (1761-1823) English physician
  • Robert Koch, (1843-1910) German bacteriologist.
  • Percival Pott (1714-1788) English surgeon
  • Edward Livingston Trudeau, (1848-1915) American physician

In Biographies

  • Clarke, Brice. Katherine Mansfield's illness (abridged). In the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine. Vol. 48, 1955., p. 33-36.
  • Clarke, Brice. Chekhov's chronic tuberculosis in Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, November 1963, Vol. 56, No. 11."
  • Gilman, Sander L. Franz Kafka : the Jewish patient . New York : Routledge, 1995.
  • Mamunes, George. “So has a daisy vanished" : Emily Dickinson's tuberculosis. 2006
  • King, D. Macdougall.The battle with tuberculosis and how to win it: a book for the patient and his friends . Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott, 1917. ( 3 microfiches (146 fr.) CIMH Microfiche series no. 77295

In Autobiographies

  • Abel, Emily K. Suffering in the land of sunshine : a Los Angeles illness narrative. Rutgers University Press, 2006.
  • Beiler, Harvey . Waiting for you : detours in the six-year courtship of Harvey Beiler and Ada Gehman Baltimore, MD : Gateway Press , 2003.
  • Brown, Janet M. In the company of strangers : former patients of Australian tuberculosis sanatoria share their experiences and insights Werribee, Vic. : Janet M. Brown, 1994.
  • Cook, George A. A Hackney memory chest. London, Eng. : Centerprise Trust, 1983.
  • Doherty, Ralph. It's more fun to be a winner. Hantsport, N.S. : Lancelot Press, 1981.
  • Ford, Linda. Touched by the white plague. Olds, Alberta: L. Ford, 2001.
  • Galbreath, Thomas Crawford. Chasing the cure in Colorado : being some account of the author's experiences in looking for health in the West, with a few observations that should be helpful and encouraging to the tubercular invalid, who, either from choice or from necessity, remains in his own home to "chase the cure" T.C. Galbreath, 1907.
  • Hsia, Sung L. Reflections from a hospital bed . Bloomington, Ind. : AuthorHouse, 2002.
  • Hurt, Raymond. Tuberculosis sanatorium regimen in the 1940s: a patient's personal diary http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1079536/
  • Kerins, David A. Through the dark valley : a veteran's three year battle against tuberculosis Bloomington, IN : AuthorHouse, 2007.
  • Krugerud, Mary. “A girl at a tuberculosis sanatorium” in Hennepin history. Vol. 61, no. 2 (spring 2002).
  • McClintock, Marshall. We take to bed. NY: J. Cape & H. Smith, 1931.
  • MacDonald, Betty Bard. The plague and I. London, Eng.: Hammond, 1948.
  • McDonough, Marian McIntyre. “Quest for health, not wealth, 1871” in Montana, the magazine of Western history, Winter 1964 (v. 14, no. 1). p. 25-37. Helena, Mont. : Historical Society of Montana, 1964.
  • McDougal, Gwynn. The last Camilles : the Rutland years, 1949-1953. Sarasota, FL : Acropolis South, 1995.
  • Olson, Kenneth B. One doctor learns to be a patient : an autobiography Daytona Beach, Fla. : Pearce Pub., 1993.
  • Shears, Bob. Sputum Hill. Peterborough, Eng.: Stamford House Publishing, 2005.
  • St. Pierre, Mark. Madonna Swan : a Lakota woman's story as told through Mark St. Pierre. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1991.