*The Museum of Health Care does not condone all of the messages and information contained in each of the following texts. This list has been compiled as a reference only.


Educational Section


Selected Bibliography:

History – General

  • Abel, Emily.  Tuberculosis and the Politics of Exclusion: a history of public-health and migration to Los Angeles.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007.
  • Barnes, David S.  The Making of a Social Disease: Tuberculosis in nineteenth-century France.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.
  • Bates, Barbara.  Bargaining for Life.  A social history of tuberculosis, 1876-1938.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992.
  • Bryder, Linda.  Below the Magic Mountain: A social history of tuberculosis in twentieth-century Britain.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
  • Bynum, Helen.  Spitting blood: The history of tuberculosis.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Byrne, Katherine.  Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Chretien, Jacques.  Tuberculosis.  The Illustrated history of a disease.  Vol. 1.  Translated by Clare Pierard.  Béthune, France: Hauts de France Editions, 1998.
  • Condrau, Flurin and Michael Worboys, eds.  Tuberculosis Then and Now.  Perspectives on the History of an Infectious Disease.  Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010.
  • Connolly, Cynthia A.  Saving Sickly Children: The tuberculosis preventorium in American life, 1909-1970.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008.
  • Cummins, S. Lyle.  Tuberculosis in History.  London: Balliere, Tindall and Cox, 1949.
  • Dormandy, Thomas.  The White Death: A history of tuberculosis.  New York: New York University Press, 2000.
  • Draus, Paul.  Consumed in the City: Observing tuberculosis at century’s end.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004.
  • Dubos, René and Jean Dubos.  The White Plague.  Tuberculosis, Man and Society.  London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1953.
  • Feldberg, Georgina D.  Disease and Class: Tuberculosis and the shaping of Modern American society.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1995.
  • Ryan, Frank.  The forgotten plague: How the battle against tuberculosis was won – and lost.  Toronto: Little, 1993.
  • Gandy, Matthew and Alimuddin Zumla, eds.  The Return of the White Plague: Global poverty and the ‘new’ tuberculosis.  London: Verso, 2003.
  • Keers, R. Y.  Pulmonary Tuberculosis: A journey down the centuries.  London: Balliere Tindall, 1978.
  • Koch, Erin.  Free Market Tuberculosis: Managing epidemics in Post-Soviet Georgia.  Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2013.
  • Lawlor, Clark.  Consumption and Literature: The making of the Romantic disease.  Houndsmills, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006.
  • Olson, Steve and Rebecca A. English.  Facing the reality of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in India: Challenges and potential solutions.  Washington: National Academies Press, 2012.
  • Ott, Katherine.  Fevered Lives: Tuberculosis in American culture since 1870.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.
  • Packard, Randall M.  White Plague, Black Labor: Tuberculosis and the political economy of health and disease in South Africa.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.
  • Pringle, Peter.  Experiment Eleven: dark secrets behind the discovery of a wonder drug.  New York: Walker Publications, 2012.
  • Roberts, Charlotte A. and Jane E. Buikstra.  The Bioarcheology of Tuberculosis: A global view on a reemerging disease.  Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2003.
  • Rosenkrantz, Barbara G., ed.  From Consumption to Tuberculosis: a documentary history.  New York: Garland, 1994. 
  • Rothman, Sheila M.  Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the social experience of illness in American history.  Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
  • Shaw, Anne and Carole Reeves.  The Children of Craig-Y-Nos: Life in a Welsh tuberculosis sanatorium, 1922-1959.  London: Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, 2009.
  • Smith, Barry.  “Gullible’s Travails: Tuberculosis and Quackery, 1890-1930.”  Journal of Contemporary History 20 n.4 (1985): 733-756.
  • Smith, F. B.  The Retreat of Tuberculosis 1850-1950.  London: Croom Helm, 1988.
  • Teller, Michael E.  The Tuberculosis Movement: A public health campaign in the Progressive Era.  New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.
  • Waksman, Selman A.  The Conquest of Tuberculosis.  London: Robert Hale Ltd., 1964.


History – Canada

  • Barton, Ellen.  Driven by a Dream.  The Story of Ongwanada 1948-1998:  From sanatorium to community living.  Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1998.
  • Connor, J. T. H.  A Heritage of Healing: The London Health Association and its hospitals, 1909-1987.  London: London Health Association, 1990.
  • Côté, Louise.  En Garde!  Les représentations de la tuberculose au Québec dans la première moitié du XXe siècle.  Québec: Les presses de l’Université Laval, 2000.
  • Flannigan, Clara Raina and Anne Raina.  Clara’s Rib: A true story of a young girl growing up in a tuberculosis hospital.  Printed in Canada, 2011. 
  • Grzybowski, Stefan and Edward A. Allen.  “Tuberculosis: 2. History of the disease in Canada."  Canadian Medical Association Journal 160 n.7 (1999): 1025-1028.
  • Grygier, Pat Sandiford.  A Long Way from Home: The tuberculosis epidemic among the Inuit.  Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994.
  • Hodgson, Corinne.  “The social and political implications of tuberculosis among native Canadians.”  Canadian Revue of Sociology and Anthropology 19 n.4 (1982): 502-512.
  • Kirk-Montgomery, Allison and Shelley McKellar.  Medicine and Technology in Canada, 1900-1950.  Ottawa: Canada Science and Technology Museum, 2008.
  • Malissard, Pierrick.  “La longue controverse de la vaccination antituberculeuse au Canada: le bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), 1925-1975.”  Canadian bulletin of medical history 15 n.1 (1998): 87-128.
  • McCuaig, Katherine.  “’From Social Reform to Social Service.’ The changing role of volunteers: the Anti-Tuberculosis Campaign, 1900-1930.”  Canadian Historical Review, 61 (1980): 480-501.
  • McCuaig, Katherine.  The Weariness, the Fever, and the Fret: The campaign against tuberculosis in Canada, 1900-1950.  Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999.
  • Mierau, Maurice.  Memoir of a Living Disease: Dr. Earl Hershfield and tuberculosis in Manitoba.  Winnipeg: Great Plains Publications, 2005.
  • Pepperell, Caitlin S. et al.  “Dispersal of Mycobacterium tuberculosis via the Canadian fur trade.”  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108 n.16 (2011): 6526-6531.
  • Wherett, George Jasper.  The Miracle of the Empty Beds: A history of Tuberculosis in Canada.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1977.


TB Today

  • Alvarez, Gonzalo G. et al.  “A comparative examination of tuberculosis immigration medical screening programs from selected countries with high immigration and low tuberculosis incidence rates.”  BMC Infectious Diseases 11 n.3 (2011): 12p. 
  • Coker, Richard J.  From Chaos to Coercion: Detention and the control of tuberculosis.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
  • Lerner, Barron H.  Contagion and Confinement: Controlling tuberculosis along the Skid Row.  Baltimore: Hopkins Fulfillment Service, 1998.
  • Farmer, Paul.  Infections and Inequalities: The Modern plagues.  Updated edition.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.
  • Farmer, Paul.  Pathologies of Power: Health, human rights, and the new war on the poor.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.
  • Farmer, Paul.  “Social Scientists and the New Tuberculosis.”  Social Science of Medicine 44 n.3 (1997): 347-358.
  • Government of Canada.  The Way Forward: Addressing the Elevated Rates of Tuberculosis infection in On Reserve First Nations and Inuit Communities.  June 2010, 40th Parliament, 3rd Session.
  • Greenaway, Christina et al.  “Tuberculosis: evidence review for newly arriving immigrants and refugees.”  Canadian Medical Association Journal 183 n.12 (2011): E939-E951.
  • Menzies, Dick.  “Screening immigrants to Canada for tuberculosis: Chest radiography or tuberculin skin testing?”  Canadian Medical Association Journal 169 n. 10 (2003): 1035-1036.
  • Sachdeva, Herveen.  "Ontario Medical Association Health Policy Report: Tuberculosis: Forgetting Again."  Ontario Medical Review (Jan. 2006): 21-34.
  • Saussy, Haun, ed.  Paul Farmer – Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer reader.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.
  • Selgelid, Michael J.  “Ethics, Tuberculosis and Globalization.”  Public Health Ethics 1 n.1 (2008): 10-20.
  • Thomas, Roger E. and Brian Gushulak.  “Screening and treatment of immigrants and refugees to Canada for tuberculosis: Implications for the experience of Canada and other industrialized countries.”  Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases 6 n.5 (1995): 246-255.
  • Uppaluri, Aparna et al.  “Effectiveness of the Immigration Medical Surveillance Program for Tuberculosis in Ontario.”  Canadian Journal of Public Health 93 n.2 (2002): 88-91.


Key People

  • Brock, Thomas D.  Robert Koch: A life in medicine and bacteriology.  Washington: ASM Press, 1999.
  • Houston, C. Stuart.  R.G. Ferguson: Crusader against tuberculosis.  Toronto: Hannah Institute and Dundurn Press, 1991.
  • Koch, Robert.  The Aetiology of Tuberculosis.  New York: National Tuberculosis Association, 1932.


Web Resources:



Junior/Teen – Fiction and Non-Fiction

  • Barrett, Andrea.  The air we breathe: a novel.  New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.
  • Patterson, Kevin.  Consumption: a novel.  Toronto: Random House Canada, 2006.
  • Pullinger, Kate.  The mistress of nothing.  Toronto: McArthur & Co., 2009.
  • Aaseng, Nathan.  The disease fighters: Nobel Prizes in medicine.  Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co., 1987.
  • Aronin, Miriam.  Tuberculosis: The White Plague! New York: Bearport Publishing, 2010.
  • Barnard, Bryn.  Outbreak: plagues that changed history.  New  York: Crown Publishers, 2005.
  • Brooks, Martha.  Queen of Hearts.  Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2010.
  • Graff, Nancy Price.  Taking Wing.  New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
  • Mayles, Marsha.  Breathing Room.  New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2012.
  • Murphy, Jim and Alison Blank.  Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the never-ending search for a cure.  New York: Clarion Books, 2012.



  • Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life.  Montreal: Films Séville, 2009.
  • Some things that stay.  Montreal: Alliance Atlantis, 2005.