Memoir describes youth’s treatment for asthma in the 1950s - Profile

Memoir describes youth’s treatment for asthma in the 1950s

MARILYN HAWKES | Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 10:00 am

Sammy’s “journey” began when he was a 10-year-old Israeli boy with debilitating asthma and his mother informed him that to get well, he had to travel thousands of miles away by himself for treatment. 

Today, that scenario probably wouldn’t happen, but in 1955, Sterk’s parents sent him to the Jewish National Home for Asthmatic Children in Denver for a two-year treatment program for children with chronic asthma. The approach was called a “parentectomy,” Sterk says, referring to the two years away from parents and family. “I think a big trigger for severe asthma is stress and emotions and there was a whole slew of that in my family,” he says. 

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