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OPEN-AIR SANATORIA FOR CONSUMPTIVES.

to the KnrroH. Sir,—ln bringing before the notice of your wide circle of readers the above subject, I do so knowing full well that there is no object in our midst to-day more deserving of the hearty fimport of tho public, and in winch more" apathy is shonm-an appalling apathy, unfortunately, to a large extent due to the facts not being understood Ts it generally known to the readers of the Otngo Daily Times that nearly four hundred deaths arc occurring each year in jXcw /SeaHnd from consumption in its various forms, and that in all probability from 60 to 70 per cent of these lives could be saved if skilfully treated in sanatoria, were the disease taken "Vhile our fair Now Zealand can justly boast that she leads the vanguard in not a. few measures which make for the welfare and lnrniincs* of her people, it will be apparent lint shcV- wofully behind the limes in this resp-ct. What object should be dearer to the heart and pocket of every New /ealancler than an earnest desire to assist in. saving the lives of suffering humanity, going down to an early grave for no other reason but that the sufferers from Uiis dire scourge cannot .rot the treatment which is absolutely neces-

TV is no use mincing matters; facts are facts In Germany, Itupsm, and even m Italy, there arc open-air sanatoria, kept up by public supuort, and hulwidised in some cases. Why not in New Zealand? In Scotland, too. there is a large institution " Quarter's Home." entirely kept up by public subscription, and where perfect cures arc obtained, and that, too, in a climate not nearly so favourable as our own Here are the advantages, which I fear I cannot sufficiently emphasise, of the sanatorium treatment: A dry air, continual life in the open air in all weathers, nourishing food at a reasonable price, suitable to the individual case, exercise and rest at staled periods of the day. according to the strength of tho patient, with an expert doctor in constant attendance to instruct and advise.

With a climate such as we possess m many parts, scores, nay hundred?, of valuable lives will lie yearly saved. What is wanted is public interest to lie aroused, and !. have strong faith in the anticipated support of a. generous public, tapprtl in a correct manner, and for a good cause We have only to hark back a few months to recall the noble response of our citizens to the Empire's call, and is the ■"call of assisting our afflicted brothers and sisters in "'Wiids are want oil: and in what more commendable wnv could our wealthy give of their substance. As a fellow citizen, I approach our worthy mayor (Mr Clmholm) in the spirit of genuine brotherhood, linked by he-, of the " thin red line." and m all earnestness ask Is them any more fitting way m which to commemorate his term of office and perpetuate his name than by initiating some scheme to further I his laudable object. I might deferentially suggest that lie call in the first place, by circular, a meeting of our wealthy and influential citizens, and then approach the general public for fund?. The Government have already been approached on the subject, but until the public show in a practical way that they have played thenpart, we cannot expect the Government to take" the initiative. How much money needed would, of course, depend on the sizo'of the institution, and tho number of patients for which room was provided. But let it not be thought that a pr.latial structure is necessary: the main feature of the building alone being a sufficiency of fresh air. For food, the diet must be nourishing and amp'e thouMi not elaborate. I understand that the upkeep of some of the inslitntinns in Germany cost a= low as twenly-fivo shillings per week per head. Besides, afler a certain sum (to be fixed upon) ha? been rai-^d, fhong representations ran be made to the Government for an annual subsidy of, say, Iwontv-fivp pi. filings in the pound" raised. The Government annually contribute, for support of hospitals, and what would such on institution be but an open-air hospital. giv"ig tp patients the reasonable chance of life, now unfortunately denied them. To a lnrge extent the sanatorium would be self-supporting, if the charges were fairly reasonable. At present it costs the average lung patient in his search for a health which lie seldom fets quite as much as would cure him were sanatorium treatment available at the beginning—for to save a loved one's life are not sacrifices made to the fullest extent by those interested. On the Continent, Friendly Societies ami some life companies recognise it is to their interest to assist their afflicted members by giving sanatorium treatment. How long would it take the Government Life Insurance Company, or the Australian Mutual Provident Society to lie recouped for a £500 subscription to head the list? 1 venture to assert that they would gel their money back, with interest, in under six mouths. Given energy mid practical assistance by leading influential citizens, success is assured. As a fillip in ihU direction. I am pleased to stale that a pidanthropic gentleman has eiven me liberty to say that he will place at the disposal of a wo'l-fnnnrd committee £25, and a further £25. if necessary, as an earnest that many such and larger sums will be forthcoming. .

In conclusion, I am aware that there is a small private institution near Dunedin, controlled by Dr Stephenson, where good work is being "done; but what is required is a public sanatorium within the reach and means of all.—l am, etc., Q SUFFEBEK. December 7.

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OPEN-AIR SANATORIA FOR CONSUMPTIVES., Otago Daily Times, Issue 11913, 11 December 1900

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OPEN-AIR SANATORIA FOR CONSUMPTIVES. Otago Daily Times, Issue 11913, 11 December 1900

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