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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 25, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2',
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cooL Investigation .proved that the
air is very dry there. I consulted
with the doctors and they agreed that
the experiment should be made. We
. began about the first of, this year."
"Discouragement caused by pover
ty makes mothers sick afldjbreaks up
families," said Judge "Neil, ""and no
hospital treatment can make them
well. The treatment, in my opinion,
must include assurance of food and
the other necessities of living. In
this mechanical hospital do I under
stand that the men work and feel
that they are useful and are made
"That is just the thing," said Ford.
"We have brought men back to the
' shop from Arizqna sanitariumSj
; where they were not improving. In
the steel tempering room, where we
now give our 'heat treatment,' these
same men work every day and are
gaming weight, strength and confi
dence. "At other sanitariums every one is
sick. They talk about their trouble,
for they have nothing else to do.
They get discouraged and are separ
ated from their regular work. But in
our heat treatment, part ol the idea
is to have .the sick-men work. They
earn wages. They ,are;a part of the
working organization, and the feel
ing that they are getting back into
the regular affairs of life aids in ob
taining the beneficial results."
From the office of the plant, the
conference, which included members
of Ford's sociological and surgical
staff, adjourned to the steel temper
ing room the tuberculosis' sanitar
ium, if you please.
It is a building 150 feet long. It
has glass sides, and Is Hooded with
daylight when the sick men are at
work. The floor is iron. Along one
side is a row of annealing furnaces.
From these furnaces the hot metal is
taken and laid on the floor to cool.
The temperature is high and the
air as dry as in the, desert country
where tuberculosis patients are taken
to be cured.
Many of the meju at work -were
evidently suffering of the disease, but
on their faces were looks of hope, and
the entrance of Ford, their leader,
brought smiles and nods of familiar
ity and good will.
Charles Frizowski, one of the sick
men, was met. His sleeves were roll
ed up and he was busily at work. The
surgeons referred to their records of ,
his case and it shows the results as mr
"Age 26 years; married.
"Transferred to heat treatment de
partment March 11, 1914; weight at
that time, 145 pounds; troubled with
"June 10, 1914. Weight, 150
pounds; feels well; no night sweats.
Temperature at 11 a. m., 99; pulse,
76; respiration-, 18.'
"Gain of 5 pounds since being -transferred."
Kobil Blatz, another sick man, ap
peared in an apron, sleeves rolled up
and face grimy, an unusual hospital
patient. The doctor referred to his
reports and this is what has been
done for Kobil in this heat treatment
"Aged 27 years; single.
"Transferred to heat department
Feb. 9, 1914. Weight at the time, 130
pounds". Troubled with night sweats
at intervals. Appetite fair.
"June 10, 1914. Weight, 131
pounds; appetite good; feels well;
morning temperature, 99; pulse, 99;
"Has not been troubled with night
sweats except during hot weather
spells. Gain of $ne pound."
"I am hopeful, very hopeful," said
F-ord, looking around the big room,
"that here we have found 'a place &k
where many men may be cured. I -believe
that 95 per cent of the popu
lation have tuberculosis at-one time
or another, and that most of us get
over the trouble. Summer comes on,
or we have strength or some other
favorable condition enables our sys
tems to conquer the disease.
"We have more than fifty men with.