Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and by Gregg Mitman

By Gregg Mitman

When you are drawn to a "populist" view op politics, you'll take pleasure in this booklet. while you are drawn to asthma, now not quite a bit.

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58 Entrepreneurs, like the famed ‘‘Indian Doctress’’ Princess Viroqua, a specialist in the treatment of hay fever, set up practice in Petoskey to aid its seasonal patients (Figure 6). Steamship companies advertised the advantages of a lake journey, as compared with dusty rail travel. ] Figure 6. The seasonal influx of hay fever sufferers to the western shores of Lake Michigan created a captive market for healers like Princess Viroqua, the ‘‘Indian Doctress,’’ who set up shop in Petoskey during August and September, the height of the hay fever tourist season.

Webster dated his first attack to 1832, when he was fifty years old. His annual cold commenced about 23 August, accompanied by fits of sneezing and profuse discharges from the nose. ’’ His eyes became progressively swollen, preventing him from reading and limiting the stroke of his pen to signatures. By the middle of September, Webster’s disease would move into its last recognizable stage—asthmatic. In the fall of 1850, Webster wrote to President Millard Fillmore that given the ‘‘annual occurrence of his illness’’ and his long absences from Washington, perhaps he ought to consider himself unfit for the holding of public office.

He arrived in Boston on 25 September, having suffered but one sharp attack of the catarrh. All in all, it had been a most successful hay fever holiday. Edwin’s travels were the beginning of a fashionable trend. By the 1880s, hay fever had become the pride of America’s leisure class and the basis for a substantial tourist economy that catered to a culture of escape. For example, the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, ‘‘archbishop of American Liberal Protestantism’’—whom Sinclair Lewis once described as a combination of St.

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