The United States Postal Service released a new stamp in their Distinguished Americans series. The stamp, the eleventh issued in the series, honors Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau.
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.”
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. Trudeau’s grandson, used the proceeds from the sale of the sanitarium to create a new research center devoted to the study of basic biological research.
Today, the internationally-renowned Trudeau Institute is home to world-class scientists and their highly-trained research teams, who all study some aspect of infection and immunity across a variety of different pathogens.
Our studies focus not only on immune responses to major infectious diseases, such as influenza, but also on the role of the immune system in cancer, autoimmunity and aging.
Residents of the Village of Saranac Lake and surrounding areas attended a ceremony hosted by the Trudeau Institute. Keynote speaker Congressman John McHugh addressed the gathering, while Jeannie Trudeau Fenn, great granddaughter of Dr. Trudeau, represented the Trudeau family and unveiled an image of the stamp.