A term popularized by Seventh-day Adventists to describe a medical institution that provides for physical therapy and other treatments. It is said that John H. Kellogg, of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, was among the first to use the term and that someone reminded him that the word was not in the dictionary, to which Kellogg is said to have replied, “If it isn’t there, it soon will be.” However, according to The Oxford English Dictionary (1933), the term was already in use with this same general meaning in England in the middle 1800s. Seventh-day Adventists hold that the way to make the sick whole is to minister to the whole person—body, mind, and spirit; that as a therapeutic procedure, diet, as to both kind and quantity, is important; also that the best of all therapies is that whi...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.