Pavilhão Cirúrgico Novo Sanatório

Built: 1902

Abandoned: 2000

Visited: 2018

Caramulo, Viseu, Portugal

This sanatorium had all the latest technology, at the time, for the treatment of tuberculosis. It was part of the biggest health centre in Portugal, the town had 20 sanatoriums in its best days. This Surgical Pavilion was probably the latest of all sanitariums that were built there. It was called Novo Sanatório, or New Sanatorium.

It was built after the idea that the area where surgery was performed should be separated from the other buildings where patients were recovering. This way patients were not confronted with the less pleasant aspects of the then complicated process of curing tuberculosis. Surgery of tuberculosis was a rather radical solution for people that did not responded to conventional treatments. Surgery was very complicated and had a high mortality rate. Both during and after the surgery.

Not only surgery, but also x-rays and micro-radiographs were done here. It had one of the first automated laundries that allowed better disinfection of bedding.

Improvements in sanitation, vaccination, and antibiotics began significantly reducing rates of tuberculosis in the 1970s. As a result sanatoria closed and became abandoned.

Photos Pavilhão Cirúrgico Novo Sanatório

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