TB Cure Breakthrough

Medical advances in tuberculosis research produce the first effective drug treatments for the disease. Respiratory Health Association, then known as TB Institute of Chicago and Cook County, continues to assist in the detection and fight against TB, and offers more than 1 million chest x-rays to detect TB. RHA eventually broadens its mission to include other lung diseases, including asthma, lung cancer and COPD, and the fight against smoking.

Chicago Tuberculosis Institute is Formed

Respiratory Health Association is formed under the name Chicago Tuberculosis Institute, a reflection of the serious health TB posed to densely populated urban populations such as Chicago. The organization’s mission is described as “the prevention and treatment of consumption and other forms of tuberculosis.” The Institute is credited with the advocacy effort to create TB sanitariums in Chicago to help diagnose and treat Chicago’s growing TB population.