Tuberculosis Robs, Public Health Protects

This post is part four of the exhibit “Epidemic! Disease on Campus, 1918-1938.”

Despite the progress made controlling tuberculosis in the early 20th century, it was still the leading cause of death of adolescents and young adults through the 1930s.  Champaign County documented 500 cases of tuberculosis and 75 deaths from tuberculosis in 1920 alone.[1] Continue reading “Tuberculosis Robs, Public Health Protects”

“The Scarlet Fever Germ is Neither Chivalrous nor Romantic”

This post is part three of the exhibit “Epidemic!  Disease on Campus, 1918-1938.”

From 1840 until 1883, scarlet fever became one of the most common infectious childhood diseases to cause death in the major metropolitan centers of Europe and the United States, with fatality rates that reached or exceeded 30% in some areas. Until the early 20th century, scarlet fever was a common condition among children. Though the disease did not reach the epidemic heights of the late 1800s at the University during Doctor Beard’s tenure, the Health Services Station dealt with yearly threats of a potential disaster. Continue reading ““The Scarlet Fever Germ is Neither Chivalrous nor Romantic””

Epidemic! Disease on Campus, 1918-1938

My next five posts highlight sections of the new Student Life & Culture exhibit “Epidemic! Disease on Campus, 1918-1938” located at the Archives Research Center.

J. Howard Beard came to the University of Illinois in 1912 as Instructor of Physiology upon graduating from Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine. Three years after his arrival, he became Medical Examiner and in 1916 was appointed University Health Officer. Continue reading “Epidemic! Disease on Campus, 1918-1938”