"Andrew Speaker, 31, arrived at Denver’s National Jewish Medical and Research Center on Thursday....In the 19th and early 20th centuries, thousands flocked to Denver and Colorado Springs, believing their illness could be cured in part by the state’s fresh air. Tuberculosis went by the name 'consumption' in those days, presumably because its symptoms consumed those who had it. Denver’s first hostel for TB patients opened in 1860, a year after the city’s founding.
The need to treat these patients, especially those who spent their last pennies on a one-way ticket, eventually led to National Jewish’s opening. The hospital has since treated patients with lung diseases from around the world, including survivors of a World War II concentration camp who contracted TB.
TB patients who sought a Colorado cure included gunslinger Doc Holliday, who died of the disease in 1887. In the early 20th century, many TB patients — including those at National Jewish and other hospitals — slept on porches.
....In the 1800s, Colorado competed with other western states to lure TB patients and their families, seeing them as a way to boost their populations and economies, said Dr. Charles Scoggin of the Center of the American West.
Colorado gained an edge in part because the railroads advertised it widely, Scoggin said. 'It was classic Western boosterism,' said Scoggin, formerly of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Over the years, National Jewish came to specialize in respiratory, immune and allergic disorders. Once supported by the national Jewish orgnanization B’nai B’rith, the hospital is not affiliated with any religion. U.S. News & World Report has ranked it the nation’s top respiratory hospital for nine straight years."
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