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Letter from C.D. Spivak to J. Barondess, 1911 August 16

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0140.00020


Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to J. Barondess. Spivak explains to Barondess that he needed to wait for a good time that would allow him to write a substantial letter. He tells Barondess that the staff at the sanatorium is very busy trying to make ends meet and their spirits are too depressed to appreciate the fun and ridiculousness of psychopaths such as Mr. Rabinowitz. He also tells Barondess that the funds at JCRS are quite low and trustees of JCRS had to make their own loans to the society. They were able to get $2,000.00 through the loans which will keep JCRS running for a short period of time. Spivak moves on to address Mr. Rabinowitz’s letter that was written to his brother. Spivak tells Barondess to turn to the last page of the Yiddish translated letter and count eight rows down to find the solution to his question. Spivak tells Barondess that the line in the letter reveals Rabinowitz’s story, which is a nervous and temperamental Russian man. Spivak reassures Barondess that Rabinowitz’s accusations are lies and exaggerations that come from a man who is sick. Spivak continues to provid evidence against the accusations made by Rabinowitz. Spivak uses an example to prove JCRS tells the truth by saying that during their sixth annual report they listed their mortality rate as 63 patients out of 298 patients who stayed at the sanatorium in 1909. Spivak finishes the letter by stating that he had not written a tenth of what he wanted to say, but makes a point that he has been working for the sanatorium for seven years and there are moments where he doubted the wisdom of democratic institutions and the charity the sanatorium provides. Spivak includes a separate page of the letter which discusses the physical condition of Rabinowitz. Spivak tells Barondess that Rabinowitz’s lung condition is good. Rabinowitz also exhibited perfect appetite and no coughing, but he has lost weight. Doctors tell him that he smokes too much and is not allowed to go into town multiple times a week. Finally, since Rabinowitz was considered to be in reasonable condition he was assigned one hour of work to do around the sanatorium, but he lost too much weight so he does not do the work anymore.


  • 1911 August 16


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From the Series: This series of patient records includes medical reports and histories, statistical data of patients, x-rays, and death certificates. The patient files include applications, correspondence and some may also contain photographs and personal items.


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