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Chasing The Cure

Because of its high altitude and sunny, temperate climate, by the 1880s Colorado had earned an international reputation as "The World's Sanatorium." The state's small Jewish community was the first to come forward to aid consumptives who arrived in droves to "chase the cure" for tuberculosis, or "The White Plague," as it was also known, the leading cause of death in late-nineteenth and early -twentieth century America.

Dr. Jeanne Abrams provided the text for this Exhibit, which is based on her monograph Blazing the Tuberculosis Trail.