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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 18, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 12',
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"When we obtained a license for
the hospital here, we did so in prder
that men picked up on the street in
this condition could be brought here
direct for treatmento'ithout waiting
commitment or without being com
mitted. "They are generally men -who have
.no friends or relatives that are in a
position to see that they get the
proper care, and for that reason they
get into the hands of the police, and
we feel that the police should be
given an opportunity to place them
where they can get treatment, so we
have provided that place. 1
"Because of the long experience
that our medical superintendent, es
pecially, has had in treating alcoholic
diseases and diseases generally com
plicated with it, we have had great
"I should like to give you some fig
ures showing results. They prove
that the percentage of mortality is
very low taking into .consideration
the desperate cases handled.
"We treat about 500 cases a month.
Out of that 500 cases our death rate
in December, the heaviest, was 30.
In January 11. in February 12. Up.
to March 15, 11. The statistics show
ing mortality on alcoholic cases, sta
tistics given by other physicians in
other hospitals, and recognized as
authoritative, .show a death rate of
from 7 to 10, per cent on alcoholic
cases with no complications.
"Pneumonia follows in twelve per
cent of the pases, and the mortality
rate is between 40 and 60 per cent.
With alcoholic cases where there is
what is known as 'wet brain,' the
mortality is 75 per cent. Where there
are injuries in connection with al
coholism the mortality is 50 per cent.
"The cases we handle are-complications
of pneumonia and 'wet brain'
and injuries. They are in a large
percentage, and yet our death per
centage is very much lower than sta
tistics" given by other institutions,,
which is entirely due to the long ex
perience our physicians have had in j
handling alcoholic cases, and. we feel
that fthis is the logical place to bring
those cases since other hospitals' do
not want to handle them."
Mr. Whitman went over with me
what the doctor had said regarding
the treatment they give, and the fact
that it is a recognized ethical treat
ment, and, as I left him, I saw a man
leaving the hospital' whoni I remem
bered having seen shortly before
Christmas endeavoring to sell some
very clearly written stories for the
price of a few drinks. Dr. Sceleth
was talking to him.
"Try to keep in condition," the doc
"I will, doctor," the man answered.
"I feel fine now and I'm going to try
to keep this way. I am very grateful .
to your." '
MRS. HENRY SCHWAB GRANTED
. DIVORCE GETS CHILD
Mrs.- Maud Morris Schwab won a
divorce and the custody of her il-year-old
boy from Henry C. Schwab,
vice president of Rothschild & Co.,
by the tale of cruelty she told on the
stand in Judge Denis Sullivan's court
"No woman on earth could live
with that man," said Mrs. Schwab.
"He has always been extremely bad
tempered, cruel, bad-dispositioned
and temperamental. I have not able
to please him in anything or anyway.
He has been most abusive and has
used language which is not fit to
Schwab deserted his wife on May 1,
LL911, after abusing her, according to
the testimony of Mrs. Schwab. By the
terms of the decree Schwab will be
allowed to have his boy thirty days
out of every year. "Mrs. Schwab is a
daughter of the late Nelspn Morris.'.
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Texans are always bragging about
their warm winters and here it is
March and those who seem to know,
say "don'ttake 'em off yet." Why,
even in Cincinnati they're beginning
to put the woolen ones' in camphor,-