Until streptomycin was discovered in the 1940s, tubercular patients had few
treatment options other than to take a rest cure at a sanatorium and endure its
painful medical interventions. For the working class and minorities, especially
women, the options were even fewer.
Unlike most other medical facilities of the time, Arequipa treated primarily working-class women and provided the same treatment to all, including Asian American and African American women, despite the virulent racism of the time.
Author Lynn Downey returns to tell a vivid story of the sanatorium and its cure that doctors and their talented team of Progressive women made available to and possible for hundreds of working-class patients. She’ll also talk about a local sanatorium here in the Foothills and will have books available for purchase at the event.
All are welcome. Arrive early for refreshments, and if you have ideas for future story topics please let us know! For more information on the other projects by the Angels Camp Museum Foundation visit our website.