Thursday, August 29, 2013

Life sustaining collapse

It’s an honor, and a history lesson, to get to know WWII Veterans.

We admitted a gentleman today who was a POW and contracted Tuberculosis in the early 1940’s.

Prior to the development of the antibiotic streptomycin in 1946, the only treatment, other than going to a Tb sanatorium for “fresh air and relaxation,” was surgical intervention, including the “pneumothorax technique,” which involved collapsing an infected lung to “rest it” and allow the tuberculosis lesions to heal.

He was treated with pneumothoraces.

He gets easily winded if he walks too far; he has since 1942. 

He turns 93 years old next week.

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