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Estes Nichols' Sanatorium

Architectural drawing of proposed sanatorium, Hebron, 1903

Architectural drawing of proposed sanatorium, Hebron, 1903

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A group of people interested in dealing with the nearly 1,300 yearly Maine deaths caused by tuberculosis in 1901 formed the Maine State Sanatorium Association.

The group planned the Maine State Sanatorium for Pulmonary Diseases in Hebron and planned public health education relating to tuberculosis.

Nichols shared his vision of a state-of-the-art TB treatment facility: teaching patients how to care for themselves, providing a healthy climate (clear, dry, cold air), a diet rich in milk and eggs, and no drugs other than those patients might use for "every day disturbances."

The buildings and campus needed to be designed to meet those needs.