Lilly Samson’s Dispatches from the TB Front
by Diane Sims
Published by Your Scrivener Press (2008) ISBN: 978-1-896350-30-1
207 pages, paperback
A Compelling Saga of Life Inside Muskoka's Tuberculosis Sanitorium
Book Review by Patrick Boyer
People arriving for “the Muskoka Cure” usually look for a pleasing period of R&R in a rugged yet refined setting.
But for more than half a century, the cure was something much more specific for those afflicted by tuberculosis.
Doctors in the late 1800s recommended rest, adequate nutrition, and fresh clean air, which is exactly what others had been coming to Muskoka to get since the 1860s. So it seemed the district was naturally primed to become a refuge for those seeking respite and cure from the ravages of tuberculosis.