Sick Days

A lifetime later, a patient remembers her care at Will Rogers Hospital


Elda Benedict Cook with a friend at Will Rogers Memorial Hospital, in Saranac Lake, where she convalesced from tuberculosis in the 1940s. Photograph courtesy of Elda Benedict Cook.

Elda Benedict Cook opened the door to her home, her oxygen tube trailing behind her, a reminder of the tubercular lung that was removed so very long ago. At 96 years old, she is full of charm, humor and fascinating memories. I arrived at her cozy...

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