Black Notley Blues. Diary of a Teenage Tb Patient, 1958 - 1959

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9780992678500: Black Notley Blues. Diary of a Teenage Tb Patient, 1958 - 1959
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A personal testimony detailing the life of a teenage patient in a UK tuberculosis hospital taken from his daily diary entries during 1958/1959. Like others he was cooped up and restricted, while gratefully receiving care and treatment from nursing staff, all under the watchful eye of strict matrons.

The Foreword, written by a medical historian at University College London, highlights that "this was a mischievous, courageous teenager who brought a ray of sunshine to the wards, and is the first personal testimony in diary form that I've ever seen on this subject. It is entertaining with a Boy's Own camaraderie, nurse chasing, illicit pub crawls and regular carpeting by matron and medical superintendent over discipline". She adds, "Black Notley Blues has all the ingredients of a 'Carry On' comedy, yet accompanying the fun and games is an important medical, social and personal record of the 1950s sanatorium experience".
 
The book contains over 100 photographs, mostly taken by the author during his stay in the hospital and further recovery in a convalescent home.

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Aged 18, author Chris Dell was struck down with tuberculosis, and hospitalised near Braintree, Essex in 1958/59. During his year at the sanatorium, Chris kept detailed diary notes on all that went on around him. This first person testimony is entertaining with a Boy's Own camaraderie, nurse chasing, illicit pub crawls, and regular carpeting over discipline by matron and medical superintendent, but beneath the fun and games is an important medical, social and personal record of the 1950s sanatorium experience.

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There are less than a handful of personal testimonies detailing life in a tuberculosis sanatorium and this is the first daily diary I have ever seen. As a record of institutional humdrum, it is a surprisingly entertaining read yet beneath the fun and games this is an important medical, social and personal record of the 1950s sanatorium."
Dr Carole Reeves, University College London.

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