1940-1990 Therapies are developed

Admission to the sanatorium

Outside the sanatorium people with tuberculosis were avoided. The loss of one’s job was rather a rule than an exception for tuberculosis patients. Putting off the decision to seek medical help, the uncertainty of the diagnosis and the fear of treatment failure only added credibility to the notion that people often went to die at a sanatorium. It was commonly believed that the disease was incurable. Sometimes people even tried to keep it as a secret that they were going to hospital.