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May 11, 1912

THE PRESENT NON-MEDICAL TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS NOT NEW

Author Affiliations

Consulting Physician to the Mountainside Hospital MONTCLAIR, N. J.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(19):1423-1427. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050099005
Abstract

It grates on our vanity somewhat to have to acknowledge that the modern conception of the non-medical treatment of tuberculosis contains little that is really new. So far as concerns the management and prevention of this disease, a short study, mainly of English medical literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, will convince the most skeptical that these writers knew as much of the proper regimen for consumptives as is known to-day. Why it is that so much and such valuable teaching was for a generation or two, at least, lost sight of, we cannot now stop to inquire. I cannot forbear to begin our study by quoting from Celsus, who wrote in the first century of the Christian era:

Soon as a man finds himself spitting and hacking on rising in the morning, he should immediately take possession of a cow and go high up into the mountains and

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