96..6° by Leon Z. Surellan


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Almost a of tuberculosis, this concentrates- sometimes clinically, sometimes sensationally, on the story of Daniel Moore who coughs his way through a number of institutions, lacks the emotional sympathy of the other book but provides a full documentary on this disease, its pathological reversals, its grim patter, its graveyard humor. Daniel, just completing college, is first sent to a state hospital where conditions are unspeakable, later chases the ours in a private san where he has a friendship with Grimard, a Hollywood writer, an affair with Mildred who hemorrhages to death, and where- after two years of pneumothorax and then pneumolysis- he is cured. Discharged, he goes to wind up college at U.C.L.A., has a wild, wanton affair with an older woman, relapses and is sent back to a State Hospital where he expects to die. But Grimard arranges his transfer to another institution, provides the money for a new drug which results in an amazing, immediate cure. An anatomy of this disease and its therapies, its victims, which has a certain morbid fascination.

Pub Date: Aug. 7th, 1950
Publisher: Dutton