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Nestled in the pristine Finnish woods is a sanatorium for women. Itâ€™s the 1920s and medicine and its accompanying attitudes towards womenâ€™s health is moving from Victorian ideas to more modern methods of treatment, but those shifts have not yet reached the womenâ€™s hospital at Suvanto. This vast multistoried building is still part spa for the wealthy wives of the male employees for the local timber company, and part hospital for the poor. This is a building with sharp physical and mental divisions between staff and patients and also between the patients themselves. The poor patients–those who are considered “really” ill are kept on the bottom floors, while the convalescing wives of the timber employees, called the “up-patients” lodge on the 5th floor.
July 15, 2011
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: Gothic, Graywolf, Mental Health/Illness, Scandinavian Â· Posted in: Contemporary, Debut Novel, Family Matters, Finland, Mystery/Suspense, Unique Narrative