AKA: TB, Consumption, White Plague, Wasting Disease. The climate in New Mexico was thought to be salutory for tuberculosis patients, and between 1880 and 1940 thousands of "lungers" came to the state seeking a cure, especially after railroads opened up access. By 1920 "seekers" comprised an estimated 20 percent of New Mexico's population, staying at one of the sixty sanatoriums, hospitals, or camps that had arisen around the state. The Well Country Camp in the mountains east of Albuquerque became a world-famous destination for TB patients, and many of New Mexico's large hospitals started out as TB sanatoriums. Some of the people who "came for the cure" for TB, bronchitis, asthma, and sinusitis stayed on in the state, including such notables as William R. Lovelace (founder of the Lovelace Clinic) and later-Senator Clinton P. Anderson.