One Thousand Porches
Greedy and impatient, tuberculosis, the nineteenth-century plague, relentlessly devoured its victims. With its boneshivering fevers, delirium, and blood-engorged lungs, the “red death” indiscriminately killed thousands, leaving shattered and defeated families in its wake. Set in the majestic, untamed Adirondack Mountains of New York more than a century ago, an extraordinary story unfolds about the little-known town of Saranac Lake. The town is home to a man with tuberculosis, also known as consumption. It is here that he, Doctor Edward Livingston Trudeau, finds a hopeful cure for the disease that has destroyed so many lives. While Trudeau’s patients vary in age, class, and race, they have one thing in common – all choose to embrace life, even in the face of death. By Julie Dewey. Softcover.