Tuberculosis was a common cause of death among Pākehā women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was spread by coughing, sneezing or spitting, and treatment was limited and ineffective. Hospitalisation or time in a sanatorium, fresh air, good food and rest were all that could be done until the development of the antibiotic streptomycin in the 1940s. Shown here is the 1905 opening of Nurse Maude’s camp in Wainoni, Christchurch, for women with tuberculosis.
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