Saranac Lake featured in new tuberculosis documentary on PBS

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SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — The Adirondack village of Saranac Lake will be highlighted in a new documentary on the history of tuberculosis in America.

The film, called "The Forgotten Plague," premieres Tuesday evening on PBS. It focuses on the story of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, who established the country's first sanatorium at Saranac Lake in 1885.

Featured in the film are several survivors who took the cure there.

The filmmakers say tuberculosis was the most deadly killer in human history, killing one in seven of all the people who had lived by the dawn of the 19th century.

The battle against the deadly bacteria shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion and government policy.

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