Records span the years from its beginning in 1911 throughout the operation and closure of Arequipa Sanatorium in 1957/58.
Contains a small amount of administrative, financial, and medical files, as well as the correspondence of Dr. Philip King
Brown, and miscellaneous materials relating to The Arequipa Pottery. The bulk of the collection consists of individual patients'
files, along with the sometimes poignant correspondence and other writings by patients, and various in-house publications.
The Arequipa Sanatorium was founded by San Francisco physician, Philip King Brown. In his work with patients in the City after the 1906 earthquake and fire, Dr. Brown discovered that the TB rate for women
was twice that of men; appalled by this statistic, he made plans to build a sanatorium to treat women exclusively, and called
on many of his influential Bay Area friends to help.
Philip King Brown was born in Napa, California in 1869. His mother was Dr. Charlotte Blake Brown, the founder of San Francisco's Children's Hospital and an outstanding physician and surgeon. He received his M.D. from Harvard in 1893 and, after studying in Germany, returned
to the Bay Area to begin his practice. He was a co-founder of the San Francisco Boys Club, and was active in the Tuberculosis Polyclinic, designed to help people recognize the symptoms of tuberculosis and to cure themselves once they had contracted the disease.
4.5 linear feet
2 boxes, 3 cartons, and 1 oversize folder
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