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December 16, 1916

APPENDICITIS AND PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS

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SARANAC LAKE, N. Y.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(25):1842-1845. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590250044016
Abstract

The facts here presented were based on my cases treated at Saranac Lake, N. Y., by the open air method from October, 1905, to June 19, 1916.

Patients who undergo climatic treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis have comparatively few serious digestive disturbances. One would hardly expect this to be so, as they are taking an increased diet, and many are taking either no exercise whatever or a limited amount of exercise. These patients, however, are constantly in the open air, and their whole habit of life is such as to keep them in the best possible physical condition. The digestive system seems to respond to the increased strain put on it, and unless there is some organic condition somewhere in it, it usually gives little trouble.

All lung specialists place great importance on a good digestion as an important requirement to give a good prognosis in cases with pulmonary phthisis. A

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