The Burleson Sanitarium was in continuous operation from
1899 to 1966,
in Grand Rapids, MI.
At one time it
was hailed as the largest institution of its type in the world.
This site will attempt to give a complete history of the Burleson
Sanitarium using mostly primary source material.
will be broken down into three time periods:
The Early Years
1899 to 1928
During this time the Sanitarium was located first at 103 Monroe
Street then in about 1910 it moved to the building pictured on this page
The Depression Years
1928 to 1937
this time the Sanitarium was located on the 12th floor of the
Morton House Hotel
East Grand Rapids
1937 to 1968
this time the Sanitarium changed its name to the Burleson Hospital,
and moved to
it's own building in East Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The History of The Burleson Method
From the book:
Painless Dissolvent Method for Treatment of Diseases of the Rectum"
Published by the Sanitarium in 1910
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" The Burleson painless
dissolvent treatment for the cure of piles, fistula and all other disease of
the rectum without chloroform or knife is my own invention. I established myself
in the practice of my own profession in Grand Rapids in 1899 and since that
time with the assistance of my brother, Dr. John F. Burleson, I have cured
many thousands of cases of Rectal Diseases, including every possible condition
(except cancer) that could exist. Our patients first came to us largely from
Michigan, but we now have patents come from practically every state in the
Union, also from Cuba, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Sask, British Columbia,
Halifax and India. We have done some advertising, but our practice has grown
largely through our cured patients recommending our treatment to their friends.
On account of the great superiority of our treatment our practice has grown
until it is the LARGEST EXCLUSIVE PRACTICE IN DISEASES OF THE RECTUM IN
THE WORLD. During this time we were obliged to add to our rooms four times
and now occupy our own building which is the largest institution of its kind
in the world. We offer the references and evidence in this book so that anyone
who wishes to investigate can do so. We are so well established and have such
a large practice that it is an easy matter for anyone interested to look us
up. The evidence is before you, you are the one looking for relief, If you
are not interested enough to investigate. you are the one who will suffer and
you have no one to blame but yourself. The cure is within your reach, will
you grasp it or will you continue to suffer?"
Willard M. Burleson M.D.
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