U.S. Flag Cancels - Dr. Bates Electropathic Sanitarium
The term sanitarium, alternatively spelled sanatarium, generally refers to establishments that focus on restorative methods and cures. When spelled sanatorium, the term refers to institutions serving those with communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis.5 Following the Civil War, spa-like sanitariums appeared across the country. The organization that continued in its role as health facility the longest was the Dr. Bates Sanitarium, founded in 1900 and continuing in operation until 1944, was a true sanitarium. It operated as part resort, part a place for rest and recuperation, and part nursing home for the chronically ill.