Thursday, August 20, 2015

Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum - Part 1

I didn't have the energy for farm work, so I drove down to the scenic village of Saranac Lake one day to visit their Laboratory Museum. It was right on the main road I used to travel on my way to and from the farm, but I'd never noticed it:

I entered and began my tour, learning that Dr. Trudeau was the founder, having been cured of tuberculosis by a trip to the Adirondacks in the late 1900s:

Dr. Trudeau founded this laboratory for research into a cure for tuberculosis, the first in the United States, and this is his lab:

The building was brick and stone on the outside, white glazed brick on the inside, and filled with old medical and research instruments:

Dr. Edward Baldwin, who also worked to find a cure for tuberculosis here, stayed on to help with microscope research:

And speaking of research, tuberculosis research was conducted right here in this room - and I got to see the tuberculosis germ in the microscope:

In 1884, Dr. Trudeau added a sanitarium for the care of people with tuberculosis who could not pay for all of their care. It was the first successful facility for the treatment of TB in the United States:

Patients used to spend much of their time in bed:

And when not in bed or undergoing treatments, patients had time for handicrafts. There was lots more to see at the museum, and I'll post Part 2 tomorrow:

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