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MN Reads: "The Girl in Building C" by Mary Krugerud

We don't hear a lot about tuberculosis today.

But at the turn of the 20th century, tuberculosis (also known as TB or consumption) was the leading cause of death in the US.

Of course, you didn't hear much about it then, either, because of the stigma attached to the disease.

Mary Krugerud's book is a fascinating look at why and how we stigmatize (and sometimes actually quarantine) sufferers of certain illnesses, how the epidemic coincided with waves of immigrants coming to the United States and the repercussions as a result, and even how medical testing (probably judged unethical by today's standards) put Minnesota way ahead of the curve when it came to eradicating the disease in the US.

Mary's previous book is titled Interrupted Lives: The History of Tuberculosis in Minnesota and Glenn Lake Sanitorium  (published by North Star Press of St. Cloud). She also maintains a website about Minnesota's tuberculosis sanitoriums and has a page on Duluth's Nopeming Tuberculosis Sanitorium.

The Girl in Building C: The True Story of a Teenage Tuberculosis Patient is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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