Book Review:Well Diary…I Have Tuberculosis: Researching a Teenager’s 1918 Sanatorium Experience by Shirley Morgan

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22126915Title: Well Diary…I Have Tuberculosis: Researching a Teenager’s 1918 Sanatorium Experience
Author: Shirley Morgan
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publication Date: April 24th, 2014

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“Sixteen year old Evelyn Bellak kept a diary while hospitalized in 1918 as a patient with tuberculosis. The treatment regimen was called a “rest cure” because there were no antibiotics then. The diary, found in a library, is an impassioned account of both her illness and the social scene at the sanatorium, but it ends abruptly. Who was this girl and what happened to her? All of that has been a mystery until now. (Goodreads)

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I have always been fascinated by the tuberculosis epidemic. Probably shouldn’t be reading about this during the pandemic we are going through now but this is the non-fiction I picked out for April, ha.

This book was great and the thing I enjoyed the most was that it was written around a young girl’s diary. Diaries from history are great for learning more about how people were feeling or going through.

There were also photos included of Evelyn and her friends.

Sanatorium life wasn’t easy and it took you away from your family. It was a completely different life. I wouldn’t know how to feel if I was put into that position. I mean you would have to get used to it regardless. Could you imagine if something like this happened now?

There is definitely a conclusion to this and the author brought it around full circle and gave you a couple chapters about what she could find that Evelyn did after leaving.

Although this wasn’t my favorite book written about sanatorium life, I still loved it.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

 

16 thoughts on “Book Review:Well Diary…I Have Tuberculosis: Researching a Teenager’s 1918 Sanatorium Experience by Shirley Morgan

    1. I’d definitely still recommend this one but there just isn’t a lot of actually diary pages. I highly recommend The Girl in Building C: The True Story of a Teenage Tuberculosis Patient by Mary Krigerud. That one is from the 1950’s I think? So they are both different time frames of the epidemic!

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    1. That’s one of the reasons I picked it up! I’ve always been fascinated by the sanatoriums but didn’t know books like this existed.

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  1. Wow, this is a deep topic. Timely too. I generally tend to avoid these books because they have such an emotional impact on me but I’m intrigued by this one. The fact that the author gave this a conclusion has me wanting to find out what it was. Fab review Joanna πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! It’s definitely a topic timely for today. It was such an interesting time back then and I’d highly recommend this one.

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  2. Omg no…. reading about an epidemic during a pandemic…. I just couldn’t! πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆI remember your review of that other TB sanatorium book though. Think that one sounded a little more appealing…but only for after the current crisis. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. Haha, I did prefer the other over this one but I do love both books. I thought about that after I started reading, you know being in a criss, but it’s fine. 🀣

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    1. Yes, it is such an interesting topic! If you do ever make a blog, let me know! I’d love to read all about his experience.

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