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Canada’s First Sanatoria

by Andrea Baston

soft cover
10" x 8"
240 pages
100 b & w photographs
ISBN 978-0-9920903-1-9
retail $25 Cdn

published by
Old Stone Books Ltd.



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Muskoka Free Hospital

The Muskoka Free Hospital for Consumptives was the second tuberculosis sanatorium established at Gravenhurst. (Gravenhurst Archives)

Front cover photo: Conversations on the dock in front of the Muskoka Cottage Sanatorium, the first sanatorium. (Gravenhurst Archives)


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Curing Tuberculosis in Muskoka

by Andrea Baston

In the late 19th century, tuberculosis was usually fatal; it was also contagious. Not all communities would have wanted a tuberculosis sanatorium in its midst.

But Gravenhurst, Ontario, not only welcomed, it even helped finance the construction of Canada’s first tuberculosis sanatorium, the Muskoka Cottage Sanatorium, in 1897. In subsequent years, three more sanatoria were established on the shores of Muskoka Bay near Gravenhurst.

In Curing Tuberculosis in Muskoka, Andrea Baston traces the 63-year history of these institutions, bringing us stories of patients who coped with tuberculosis, documenting the struggles of the owners and administrators to obtain funding to run the sanatoria, and following the dramatic evolution of treatment as the medical community strove to conquer the devastating disease.

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Curing Tuberculosis in Muskoka was designed and typeset for Old Stone Books Ltd. by Fox Meadow Creations.


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