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New United States Postal Service stamp honors an American scientist
Date:5/7/2008

May 5, 2008/Saranac Lake, N.Y.-- On May 12, 2008, the United States Postal Service will release a new stamp in their Distinguished Americans series. The stamp, the eleventh issued in the series, honors Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau (1848-1915). Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the world, with estimates of up to 20 million American collectors participating in the activity. The E.L. Trudeau stamp is expected to be highly collectible.

Dr. Trudeau, who came to Saranac Lake to recuperate from tuberculosis, devoted himself to researching and treating tuberculosis, the highly infectious disease that proved fatal to one in seven people in the late 19th century. He went on to promote the treatment and containment of the disease through exposure to plenty of fresh air, adequate rest, good food, and a positive attitude. The Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium he established in the Village of Saranac Lake treated thousands of underprivileged people afflicted with the disease. His guiding principles were to cure sometimes, to relieve often and to comfort always.

Ninety-five year old Elise Chapin, who contracted TB at the age of 22, traveled from Maryland to Saranac Lake for treatment in 1935. While reflecting on her lifes experiences, she noted: I had no idea when I arrived in Saranac Lake and was encouraged to lay down to rest, that I would not leave that cottage for three years. Mrs. Chapin still lives in Saranac Lake, and the cottage where she cured still stands, as do many cure cottages in the Village.

After recovering from the disease, Dr. Trudeau went on to establish the first American laboratory solely dedicated to the research of tuberculosis. By the 1950's, after the introduction of antibiotics to treat the disease, it was widely believed that the worldwide scourge of tuberculosis had been defeated and that sanitariums had outlived their usefulness. Dr. Francis Trudeau, E.L. Trudeaus grandson used the proceeds from the s
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Contact: Brian Turner
bturner@trudeauinstitute.org
518-891-3080
Trudeau Institute
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