A Child of Sanitariums

A Memoir of Tuberculosis Survival and Lifelong Disability


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About the Book

This dramatic memoir recounts one woman’s experience with skeletal tuberculosis, which she contracted at the age of five in the 1930s. It recounts her next nine years living in tuberculosis sanatoriums where she underwent many treatments for the disease and was finally released when she was 14. Despite her subsequent disablement, she went on to marry and have three children, work as a micro-biologist, perform as a comedienne, and serve as an advocate for minority groups. By turns deeply affecting and hilarious, this memoir provides a glimpse into a still-dangerous disease and is a testament to the power of human perseverance and hope.

About the Author(s)

Gloria Paris, a retired microbiologist, is a comedienne and an advocate for the disabled. She writes poetry, paints, and lives in Seneca Falls, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Gloria Paris

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: 47 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5939-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6015-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix
Prologue      1

Mercy Hospital      5
Homer Folks Hospital      18
Italian Heritage      33
Biggs Memorial Hospital      40
The Main Building      68
Extended Family      86
Road to Recovery      96
Home at Last      105
The Fusion      128
The College Years      146
Continuing Changes      153
Annual Pilgrimage      180
Epilogue      192

Bibliography      197
Index      199