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A sanatorium refers to a medical facility for
long-term illness, typically cholera or tuberculosis.
A sanatorium is distinct from a sanitarium. According
to the Saskatchewan Lung Association, when the National Anti-Tuberculosis
Association was founded in 1904, it was felt that a distinction
should be made between the health resorts with which people were
familiar and the new tuberculosis treatment hospitals: "So
they decided to use a new word which instead of being derived
from the Latin noun sanitas, meaning health, would emphasize the
need for scientific healing or treatment. Accordingly, they took
the Latin verb root sano, meaning to heal, and adopted the new
In the early twentieth century, tuberculosis
sanatoriums were common in the United States. The first tuberculosis
sanatorium for blacks was Burkeville, Virginia's Piedmont Sanatorium.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a Louisville, Kentucky tuberculosis
sanatorium, was founded in 1911. It has become a mecca for curiosity-seekers
who believe it is haunted.
The Heliantia Sanatorium in Valadares was used
for the treatment of bone tuberculosis between the 1930s and 1960s.