There’s a rather interesting post up at the blog Not Yet Published concerning the rather nefarious Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. She ran a nightmarish hospital called Wilderness Heights in the early 1900s, specialising in fasting.
I hadn’t heard of her before, and the article is well-researched and worth a read. Here’s a sneak peek with the link below:
Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard was a special woman. And she saw herself as a special woman. She saw herself as a pioneer in the area of medicine which she saw as her speciality: ‘fasting’. She was special because, in an era when most women entered the medical profession as nurses, she was a qualified physician who was doing groundbreaking research! She even wrote a book on the subject, it’s called Fasting For The Cure Of Disease, and it was published over 100 years ago, in 1908. In it, she claimed that fasting could cure everything from common aches and pains to something as serious as cancer. Did it? No.
“Fasting for the Cure of Disease” by Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard
Dr. Hazzard believed so strongly in the supposed virtues of fasting as a restorative or cure, that she even created her own sanitarium for her to carry out her treatments in. It was called ‘Wilderness Heights’ and it was located in the small, Washington town of Olalla. It was a place where her patients could come to, to be treated and cured, amongst the birds and bees, breezes and trees. In the countryside. Relaxing, huh? Or it might have been…for a while.
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