'Tubercle' journal, 1919.
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Front cover of 'Tubercle', 'a monthly journal devoted to all aspects of tuberculosis', Vol 1, No 1, October 1919. 'Tubercle' is an archaic term for Tuberculosis (TB). Caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis, TB was widespread in the 19th and 20th centuries and was characterised by the formation of nodular lesions in the tisues. The only treatment was rest, sun and fresh air, although the discovery of electricity gave rise to many experimental treatments. Here, TB 'cure stations' in Davos, and at the Palace Hotel, Montana, both in Switzerland, are advertised. The Alps were a popular destination for TB patients as it was believed that the altitude and dry mountain air had beneficial effects.