Book review: The Remedy by Thomas Goetz

In “The Remedy,” Thomas Goetz describes tuberculosis’s effects on individuals and society, and how science was harnessed in the late 19th century to try to find a cure.
In “The Remedy,” Thomas Goetz describes tuberculosis’s effects on individuals and society, and how science was harnessed in the late 19th century to try to find a cure.Christopher Michael

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Peering back in time from the safety of 2014, it can be difficult to grasp just how powerfully tuberculosis affected everyday life in the second half of the nineteenth century. Although TB was the number-one cause of death in the United States at the time, not only was there no effective treatment, but its very cause was a mystery to scientists and physicians alike. In “The Remedy,” Thomas Goetz describes TB’s impact on individuals and whole societies, and how science was harnessed to find a cure, upending many paradigms and careers in the process.

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