A. H. Sellers


John Muir


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WESTERN BANK NOTE CO. CHICAGO.HOTEL METROPOLEMichigan Ave. and 23rd St.MANAGEMENTC. C. HORTON – F. G. WARDEN.ABSOLUTELY FIRE PROOF HOTEL300 ROOMS.THE METROPOLE COMPANYPROPRIETOR.2Chicago,August 7th 1907.My Dear Mr. Muir:-Last night Mrs. Sellers said to me “Is’nt it strange that we have not heard a word from Mr. Muir? I feel worried about him”, I replied I will write him tomorrow. About noon today, she came up from the hotel office all smiling, and said “you remember I spoke to you last night about not hearing from Mr. Muir, and now here is a letter from him”, and. I assure you we were glad to get it.Well, when we got home from Pasadena, my heart was troubling me very much, so I called on my doctor, Frank S. Johnson, who is a heart and lung specialist. He told me that my heart was in very bad shape, that I had been abusing it, that the only way to cure heart troubles was to give it complete and, as far as possible, absolute rest, and not to fight it. He then put me under the “Nauheim” treatment. Nauheim, Germany, is where so many go for heart troubles. There is a Swede here who was educated in the Nauheim sanitarium, and gives the treatment at your home. It consists of certain very, slow movements of the arms, legs, and body, designed to very slowly exercise and strenghten certain muscles of the heart. Following this I take a bath, in which are placed 15 lbs of salt, 3or 4 pints of “Calcium Chloride”, I think this is right, and 6 or 8 cakes, with a lot of soda, which cause the cakes to liberate an immense quantity of carbonic acid gas, so that the watter in the tub boils violently. In this bath I remain for 15 minutes, am then put to bed to sleep for an hour. I have now been taking this treatment for five weeks,03906



Date Original

1907-08-07 00:00


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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