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August 18, 1906

A Handbook of Climatic Treatment, Including Balneology.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(7):525-526. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520070059022

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Our author says in his preface that the chief aim of this book is to place the therapeutics of climate on a secure foundation. He offers a new classification of climates, which he believes is especially fitted for the needs of the physician. The effects and sources of the mineral springs of Europe are considered very fully. Especial attention is given to the physiologic effects of the elements of climate. Chapters are devoted to these effects under such headings as temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure and light. The reaction of individuals to climate is not forgotten—what may be called the idiosyncrasies of individuals to climate. The author considers this for the most part an inherited influence and one which makes it impossible for man to change to extreme climates successfully and to maintain permanent good health. This point he considers at length and lays down a general rule—and, by the way,

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