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Tuberculosis in Colorado

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    A culture of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, tuberculosis’ disease causing agent.  
    Mycobacterium tuberculosis
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    Author and Native American rights activist Helen Hunt Jackson was among the many influential tuberculosis patients who moved to Colorado in hopes that the state's climate would improve their health.
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Jeanne Abrams, Blazing the Tuberculosis Trail: The Religio-Ethnic Role of Four Sanatoria in Early Denver (Denver: Colorado Historical Society, 1990).

J. C. Dana and Carroll E. Edson, Colorado: About Its Climate (Passenger Department of Colorado and Southern Railway Company, 1901).

Thomas Galbreath, Chasing the Cure in Colorado, Being Some Account of the Author’s Experiences Looking for Health in the West and a Few Observations That Should be Helpful and Encouraging to the Tubercular Invalid, Who . . . Remains in His Own Home (self-published, 1908).

Katherine Ott, Fevered Lives: Tuberculosis in American Culture since 1870 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996).

Sheila Rothman, Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the Social Experience of Illness in American History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995).

B. M. Rothschild et al., “Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Complex DNA from an Extinct Bison Dated 17,000 Years before the Present,” Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 33, no. 3 (August 1, 2001).

Cynthia Kay Stout, “A Consumptive’s Refuge: Colorado and Tuberculosis” (PhD dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1997).

Nancy Tomes, The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999).

US Department of Health and Human Services, A Study of Tuberculosis in Colorado, vols. I and II (Denver: US Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Office, 1957–58).

Additional Information: 

William N. Beggs, “What Consumptives Should Not Come to Colorado,” in Colorado Souvenir Book for the International Congress on Tuberculosis in Colorado, ed. William N. Beggs (Denver: Colorado Organization of the International Congress on Tuberculosis, 1908).

Rowene Danbom, Health in Colorado: The First One Hundred Years (Denver: Colorado Department of Health, 1969).