Throughout American Sunshine , Freund draws connections between sunlight and tuberculosis treatment. The turn-of-the-century construction of sun parlors and sun rooms reinforced the role of nature in TB treatment. Even hospital design, specifically at sanatoria, maximized natural light for its curative properties. Given my interest in health tourism and tuberculosis treatment, I found the chapter on climate tourism to be particularly interesting.
On the dilemma faced at health resort towns, Freund notes:.
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By the s, southern and western destinations had begun to realize that the climate tourism that drew ailing easterners in search of health was becoming more of a liability than an asset. Linking their fortunes to the ill — often terminal tuberculosis patients — had its perils, and as the popularity of places like Southern California began to take off, they looked to sever their tie with the great white plague.
They did not, however, shed their association with a salubrious climate. Overall, American Sunshine is an intriguing look into the utility of sunlight as first a disease cure and then health product. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. Tania Woloshyn. University of Warwick.
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