Finlands Akademi
Namn Hakosalo, Heini
Organisation OY
Projektets titel “The black spot on the tuberculosis map of Europe”: Social and cultural history of tuberculosis in 20th-century Finland
Beslutnr 259547
Beslutsdatum 27.04.2012
Finansieringsperiod 01.09.2012 - 31.08.2017
Finansiering 407 272
WebFOCUS Report
Beskrivning av projektet
The central goal of the project was to "write Finland into the tuberculosis map of Europe", i.e. to chart the history of tuberculosis in 20th-century Finland in a way that connects it to more general European development and is accessible to international audiences. The study emphasised the role of Sweden not only as the natural point of comparison but also as a route through which many research results and practices entered Finland. The most important means of tuberculosis control were sanatoria, dispensaries, surgical methods, institutional isolation of infants, vacciantion, medication and rehabilitation. A Finnish specialty was the heavy investment in the institutional isolation of infants (in the so called Christmas Seal Homes). The project showed how profoundly tuberculosis influenced the development of health care, society and culture in 20th-century Finland. Traces of tuberculosis and the massive anti-tuberculosis campaign can be found in many, and also quite surprising, places.