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October 20, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXV(16):993-994. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620420007001c

Climate is supposed to be the major force in the cure of consumption. It is important, but only one element in the proper management of this disease. The vital object is to increase the resisting power to the bacillus; everything that tends toward that end is important. Climate may be made to help toward it in some cases; but it does not always help—sometimes it hinders, and greatly does so. It is a pitiable waste when it does not help; it ought always to benefit somewhat or not be invoked. Many times it is worse than useless, and brings disappointment and chagrin where it ought to give comfort, and so throws discredit on the whole subject. A measure capable of so much good ought not to be discredited by the unwise use of it, or by unwarrantable belief in it. Fatuous faith leads to neglect of other needful things. Because

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