Health & Medicine
Tuberculosis in the 1930s
By: Jenna Tackett
Tuberculosis in the 1930s
• Introduction• What is Tuberculosis? • Treatments in the 1930s• Sanatoriums• How treatments affected patients• How treatments affected family
What is Tuberculosis?
• Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease usually affecting the lungs, but can also affect any part of the body.
• Tuberculosis can affect anyone of any age. People with weakened immune systems are more likely to get it.
When you have Tuberculosis you get spots on your body.
What causes Tuberculosis
• The cause of Tuberculosis is a bacterium
called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.• Tuberculosis is also spread through the air
from one person to another. • Tuberculosis is put into the air when a
person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms• The symptoms for Tuberculosis are• Night sweats• Fever• Chest pain• Coughing up blood• Chills• Appetite loss• Weight loss • Fatigue
Treatment in the 1930s
• The people that had Tuberculosis were often put into sanitariums so they would not
make the rest of their family sick.
Fresh Air• Patients need a lot of fresh air so laying out
on the porches of the sanitariums was the only way to get.
• They would lay outside during all 4 Seasions.
• This was known for helping the body get rid of Tuberculosis.
• Bed rest was one of the main things Tuberculosis patients had to do in the sanitariums.
• They need plenty of bed rest. Doctors recommended that sleeping and not doing anything would make TB go away faster.
Nutrition And Diet• Tuberculosis patients were required to
consume alot of protein in their meals to help build up their immune system in order to help fight off the disease.
• Cattle and hogs were raised on the sanatoriums property for fresh meat.
Sunlamps• Ultraviolet sunlamps were used when
weather conditions were to unfavorable outside.
• Sometimes when the nurses or doctors could not do anymore they would remove part of the patents lung.
Sanatoriums• Waverly Hills was one of the big
sanatoriums in the 1930’s for TB.
Why were sanatoriums built?• Sanatoriums were built for Tuberculosis
patients to live so they would not affect the rest of their family's.
Life in the sanatoriums.
• In the sanatoriums you would get plenty of bed rest and fresh air.
• You would eat healthy and be taken care of.
How long patients stay there.
• Patients stayed there till they were either dead or they were cured from Tuberculosis.
Waverly Hills• Waverly Hills was built for Tuberculosis
patients in the 1920/1930s.• It was built for them so the rest of there
family would not get it by taking care of them.
How did treatment affect
patients.• Treatment affect patients badly because they were not aloud the see there families, so if they died they would not of seen their family for however long they have been in the sanatorium.
How did treatment affect family members• It affected family member by not being able
to see you family that is in the sanatorium. • You could not visit them just incase you
caugh Tuberculosis from them.