Diary of a teenage TB patient
Chris Dell engagingly recounts many humorous moments in this, his autobiography spanning a year as "a mischievous teenager" and patient in a tuberculosis hospital and convalescent home.
He assiduously made daily diary entries of his time while under medical treatment among many other individuals with TB, all cooped up and restricted in a caring but disciplined environment.
Black Notley Blues has been described by a medical historian at University College London as:
"A surprisingly entertaining read with all the ingredients of a 'Carry On' comedy involving nurse chasing, illicit pub crawls and regular carpeting by the hospital authorities. Yet accompanying the fun and games it is an important medical, social and personal record of the 1950s sanatorium experience."
Touching and often laughter-filled memories abound in this book, and he particularly remembers with affection many of the friendly helpful nursing staff. He and his gathering of 'mates' and 'characters' were under the ever-watchful eyes of Ward Sister, Matron and Medical Superintendent whose patience were often tested to the limit by their activities.
Black Notley Blues was drawn from primary source material from the period including daily diary entries, photographs, letters and memories. Below is an illustration that appears in the book showing some of them.
Black Notley Blues contains 150 pages and is offered as paperback or hardback editions. It is available from Amazon or can be ordered from Waterstones, local bookshops or from the Braintree Museum (see the link below).
The author, Chris Dell, may be contacted via the publisher.
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