Part of our Cabin Fever Sundays winter lecture series.
Thousands of people traveled to the Adirondacks for treatment of tuberculosis at large medical facilities in Saranac Lake. Mary Hotaling shares the life and work of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau who founded the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium, the first of its kind for treatment of tuberculosis in the United States. Amy Catania of Historic Saranac Lake will introduce Hotel Hope, a short documentary of the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital. The Will Rogers Hospital treated tuberculosis victims from the entertainment industry and was the last large institutional sanatorium built in Saranac Lake.
A pioneer in the fields of medicine and science, Dr. Trudeau founded the first sanatorium in the United States for the treatment of tuberculosis as well as the first laboratory dedicated to the scientific study of the disease. Mary Hotaling, historian for Historic Saranac Lake, and Caroline Welsh, Director Emerita of the Adirondack Museum have produced and publish this major biography of Dr. Trudeau to honor the centennial of his death.
The biography, entitled A Rare Romance in Medicine: The Life and Legacy of Edward Livingston Trudeau, relies on the doctor's Autobiography (published posthumously in 1915), to achieve the doctor's voice and veracity. The book set Trudeau's life and contributions into the larger context of his times and will give the richly deserved significance to Trudeau's many achievements. Dr. Andrea Cooper, Francis B. Trudeau Chair in Tuberculosis and Related Research at the Trudeau Institute, contributed the closing chapter of the book to set Dr. Trudeau's work in the context of the continuing study of the cellular immune response to TB. The doctor's great grandson, Garry Trudeau, wrote the Foreword.
The Adirondack Museum Store will offer a book and DVD signing of Hotel Hope and Mary Hotaling's new book, A Rare Romance in Medicine: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, following the presentation.
Free to museum members and students; $5 for non-members.
This program takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the Adirondack Museum's auditorium.