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Sixteen year old Evelyn Bellak kept a diary while hospitalized in 1918 as a patient with tuberculosis. The treatment regimen was called a "rest cure" because there were no antibiotics then. The diary, found in a library, is an impassioned account of both her illness and the social scene at the sanatorium, but it ends abruptly. Who was this girl and what happened to her? All of that has been a mystery until now.
About the Author
Shirley Morgan, independent researcher and writer, has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Skidmore College. She considers research in social history a kind of time travel and loves discovering details that help to unravel the often too easy explanations for mysteries obscured by the passage of time. Shirley lives in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, where sufferers of tuberculosis once flocked to heal in the clean air, a place that is sometimes colder than Alaska.