The hospital specialized in the sort of tuberculosis that people got from drinking milk that had not been pasturized. Small children were more often infected than grown ups and therefor it was mainly children who were treated at Apelviken. A vaccine was invented in the 1920's and in the 1950's the hospital closed as the last in the country.
Today the sanatorium has been turned into a health spa. It is protected since the enviroment is considered to be of cultural interest. Every thursday (at least during the summer months) a small guided tour is offered for free of the chapel, cemetary and outopsy room.
|Inside the chapel.|
The autopsy is right next to the cemetary. The guide explained how bodies never were moved during the day from their rooms. Instead they were transferred in the evening or early morning so that everybody would not have to see it.
|Stretcher for moving corps and the guide.|
The epedemics that reached several places all over the world during the beginning of the 20th century are hard to imagine for many of us but it is still reality in some parts of the world. It was also reality for many of our ancestors and therefor part of our personal history and genealogy.
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