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May 17, 1947


Author Affiliations

Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology, Skin and Cancer Unit, New York Post-Graduate Medical School. Columbia University New York

JAMA. 1947;134(3):249-253. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880200031007

Most American dermatologists, and I include myself, have had little personal experience with health resorts and their effect on diseases of the skin; there is a paucity of articles in American literature dealing with this subject. One may obtain many brochures and handbooks on health resorts distributed by chambers of commerce of foreign cities, but this type of literature is of little scientific value. Some of the more important works on the subject are listed in the bibliography.1

In order to evaluate the benefits which a patient with a cutaneous disorder might expect to derive from a sojourn at a health resort, I studied all the literature I could find and abstracted what I considered of value.2 The amount was meager. There were lists of cutaneous diseases that were said to be benefited by treatment at spas, but the nature of these diseases and the reasons for referring

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