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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 9, 2008

VACATIONS AND HEALTH.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2008;300(2):224. doi:10.1001/jama.300.2.224

Vacations are taken mainly with the idea of improving health, yet it often happens that people return to their homes suffering from some form of ill health due to lack of care, and frequently they need additional rest after their return. Vacations during hot weather are especially likely to be followed by unfortunate consequences, for often they have to be taken in unusual surroundings, the sleeping quarters may be more cramped than at home, the food may be unusual and may be eaten irregularly, and the exposure to the sun with unaccustomed exercise may create a condition of lowered vitality which heightens the danger from toxic substances from food, so much more likely to spoil in hot weather, and from infectious bacteria, which grow so much more luxuriantly at high temperatures. In a word, there are so many dangers that the weeks of intermission from a busy occupation may prove anything but the re-creation it is hoped to be and may instead have at least annoying consequences. This is as likely to be true for physicians as for their patients, and there are certain warnings that need to be emphasized at this time.

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