Did you know that the English word root “san” comes from the Latin word sanus, which means ‘healthy’? Some words that use this root include sanitary which describes things that are healthy or clean. Sanitation refers to actions or situations that promote health; often sanitation focuses on clean water or disposing of trash responsibly. A sanitorium or sanitarium was a building or location designed as a place for people to recover from illness or to improve health. Sanity or sane described the condition of having a healthy mind that can make good decisions. Can you think of any other ‘san’ words?
We hope that the wait for winter break does not drive you insane! Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.
Sanitation is a huge component of public health. Clean water, wastewater treatment and trash disposal is critical to reducing disease transmission. Handwashing is also a simple, but high-impact way of increasing sanitation.
In the late-nineteenth century, a sanitarium was more of a health resort, a place were people could rejuvenate. A sanatorium was more of a hospital or a medical facility for the treatment of long-term illnesses such as tuberculosis. The discovery of antibiotics brought the era of sanitoriums to a close. Some of the facilities were abandoned or demolished, others were converted into general-use hospitals.