Berkshire Hills Sanitarium
The Berkshire Hills Sanitarium was founded in 1877 by Dr. W. E. Brown and Son in North Adams, Massachusetts. The large, single building facility was founded as a specialized treatment center for cancer.
As a youth, Dr. William E. Brown experienced the removal of a cancerous growth on his palate. It was removed surgically, which proved unsuccessful, and after a second surgery, Brown's entire palate was removed. He studied dentistry, and opened his first clinic in 1854 in North Adams, MA. His son, Wallace E. Brown, joined his practice in 1878 at the age of 12. The practice moved its well known building on North and Veazie Streets. The practice's national advertising campaign resulted in a large increase in business, and a large addition was built onto the sanitarium. The structure was five stories "with sun parlors on every floor plus a six story observation tower, it contained offices, treatment rooms, a pharmacy, two dining rooms (a large one for most patients and a smaller one for those with facial tumors), a laundry, a kitchen with a thirty foot range and forty suites of guest rooms. It had an electric intercom system, electric lights, a passenger elevator and another for freight. It stretched from the corner of Veazie Street most of the way west to Williams Street, and then extended south, parallel to both streets."
After 31 years of establishment, the Berkshire Hills Sanitarium was a successful institute. There were several of its kind in the United States, and methods for cancer treatment were consistent among the facilities. Dr. Wallace E. Brown, of Berkshire Hills, boasted cancer treatment "without resorting to surgical procedure," in reference to the Nichol Escharotic Method. Perry Lewis Nichols, M.D., of the Dr. Nichols Sanatorium, founded a new method for cancer lesion therapy at his facility in Savannah, Missouri, in 1914. Click here for more...