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It has been proposed, by an English journal, to establish a sanatorium in Spitzbergen, to take advantage of the germ-free atmosphere of that high latitude. The experience of Nansen, who found an absence of microbes in the farthest north, has suggested this to some activeminded sanitarians. It is a pity that the suggestion is not a more practical one. Germ-free air is not the one essential to health, and the climate of the North Pole has its drawbacks in spite of its aseptic advantages. A short summer sojourn at Spitzbergen would have attraction for a very limited class of individuals, and its therapeutic value might be even more restricted, allowing it to exist at all for a few. As a winter resort, the polar regions are out of the question, though it is in the winter especially that they are most free from microbic life. Dr. F. A. Cook, in
THE POLAR REGIONS AS HEALTH RESORTS.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(3):178-179. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460030052018