With the discovery of the tubercle bacillus in 1882, the world expected tuberculosis as a disease affecting mankind had been as effectively conquered as had small-pox after the introduction of vaccine by Jenner. Dr. Trudeau had sought the Adirondacks, where he proved at least that his life was not to be snuffed out in the twinkling of an eye and later established the Cottage Sanatorium for the treatment of tuberculosis. Here he proved by the trial and error method that rest plus good food and fresh air could arrest the disease in a fair percentage of cases. He learned in the school of hard knocks what is common knowledge today but lived to give all who came after him a comprehensive knowledge of the disease and the fundamentals in its treatment.
Climatic treatment of tuberculosis had been empirical up to this time, and patients had been advised to change climates