In Edwardian times the patronage of invalids was not enough to keep Health Resorts financially viable so many hotels that previously advertised themselves as having healthful characteristics began to promote more boisterous pleasures such as singing booths, oyster saloons, variety theatres and dancing palaces.
In the late 1890s a guest at a resort could cough without any notice being taken, but with the dawn of the new century, even a suspicion of a cough or sneeze caused complaints to managers.
Hoteliers sought to protect themselves by advertising that “consumptives are not received” though they stopped short of demanding medical certificates from arriving guests.
Modern Mechanix had an interesting theory about dancing and daylight saving and the relationship these things had to consumption
the only good thing about consumption was that it came with attractive accessories like this pocket sputum flask found here
you certainly wouldn’t want to mistake it for a hip flask though…….