Influenza Overcome at Danish Norwegian Seminary
THE Hutchinson (Minn.) Leader of December 13, gives this compliment to the Hutchinson seminary in its management and treatment of the influenza epidemic from which it recently suffered:
"On the authority of Dr. Fred Sheppard, health officer of Hutchinson city, it may be stated that no public institution in the State of Minnesota has up to date made a record in handling influenza, the world-wide epidemic that has swept millions into their graves, like that to the credit of the Hutchinson Seventh-day Adventist seminary.
"The seminary, with one hundred twenty of its one hundred eighty students and teachers housed under one roof, was invaded by the malady three weeks ago. Symptoms of the malady developed in about ninety of these persons, and, under the direction of Dr. H. E. Larson, a graduate physician and a member of the seminary faculty, every person showing indication of sickness was at once put to bed, with a trained nurse taking temperature and watching for symptoms of the epidemic. If those symptoms developed, the patient was required to remain in bed. There were no drugs to be given, but with complete rest and quiet went a carefully regulated diet and fomentations applied to the throat, chest, and abdomen. This treatment in almost every case reduced the temperature of patients and in a day or so they were apparently well. But that did not end the matter with them. The next danger was that of relapse. To guard against this every patient was required to remain in bed from two to five days after apparent full recovery, according to the state of their "flu."
"As a result of this system of handling a disease that is scoring thousands of victims every day, there has not been one case that could have been called serious or a single death in the seminary, although there were more than ninety persons affected.
"The record is remarkable. It makes the ordinary Methods of dealing with flu appear irrational.”—Review and Herald, January 9, 1919, Vol. 96, No. 2.