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Staying Solvent: The Business of TB Treatment

Sanatorium overdraft notice, 1908

Sanatorium overdraft notice, 1908

Item 23547 info
Maine State Archives

A 1909 promotional pamphlet referred to the sanatorium as "a purely philanthropic movement" with funds "contributed by public-spirited persons."

The brochure noted that "we are obliged to charge the actual cost of maintenance."

In addition, patients had to provide their own thermometers, sputum cups, fur coat, heavy blanket, and pay for laundry services, medicine, and extra nursing care.

The financial issue for the facility was simple: it cost more to operate the sanatorium than most patients were able to pay.