Booksigning: Doctors, Disease, and Dying in the Pikes Peak Region

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From the listings desk: People were so tough back in the day. Before OTC N-SAIDS, before modern psychotherapy, before much of anything, people just had to suffer.

But not unwillingly.

They tried, doing the best they could with what they had, and while we scoff or pity certain methods or medical attitudes today, it's not the whole story. See, for instance, what clean, dry air did to tuberculosis, and by extension, what the consumption cure did to foster our fair city. (And just think how barbaric our treatments will look a mere 75 years from now.)

That's just my take on it, but for a truly researched approach, pick up a copy of the brand new Doctors, Disease, and Dying in the Pikes Peak Region by John Stansfield. The book, released by the Pikes Peak Library District's Special Collections Department, delves into "tales of the pioneers, traders, and military personnel who were both the purveyors and the recipients of needed care," as well as "the women and men who practiced medicine in this region, discussions about internationally significant developments for the treatment of tuberculosis and cancer, the impacts of epidemics on the community, mental health issues, and poverty."

The book will be officially released tomorrow at a party at the Carnegie Reading Room at the Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.) beginning at 2 p.m. Along with the signing and requisite refreshments, Stansfield and PPLD staff will perform a reader's theater playlet of "The Widow's Herd," which is based on a story by Dr. Charles Fox Gardiner.

Copies of the book are available for $24.95, but will be 15 percent off at the event, which is free and no RSVPs are required.

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