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Rosalind Mitchison, 31 August 1989

Poverty and Welfare in Scotland 1890-1948 
by Ian Levitt.
Edinburgh, 241 pp., £30, November 1988, 0 85224 558 0
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The Retreat of Tuberculosis 1850-1950 
by F.B. Smith.
Croom Helm, 271 pp., £25, January 1988, 0 7099 3383 5
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Below the Magic Mountain: A Social History of Tuberculosis in 20th-century Britain 
by Linda Bryder.
Oxford, 298 pp., £30, April 1988, 9780198229476
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... unemployment and pauperism, brutality was slower to yield. The two books here, by F.B. Smith and Linda Bryder, explore both the decline of the disease as a cause of death and the treatments offered or forced upon its unfortunate victims. There is a sinister relevance in these stories today, for popular fears and fantasies about the spread of ...

Phrenic Crush

Hugh Pennington: The rise and rise of tuberculosis, 5 February 2004

The Return of the White Plague: Global Poverty and the ‘New’ Tuberculosis 
edited by Matthew Gandy and Alimuddin Zumla.
Verso, 330 pp., £25, October 2003, 1 85984 669 6
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... the eating of raw meat, usually in the form of uncooked beef sandwiches, cured nobody. Linda Bryder’s excellent Below the Magic Mountain (1988) is full of other revelations, of regimes such as that at Frimley Sanatorium, for instance. Not only were visitors banned (‘talking and laughing aggravate a cough and so induce ...

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