As it has been definitely established that hay-fever is due to the inhalation of pollen,1 it would appear to be simply a question of eliminating all wind-pollinated plants from certain areas in order to abolish this disease. This has been actually demonstrated in a number of places, which have in this way acquired considerable popularity as hay-fever resorts. All weeds and grasses are scrupulously cut not only by city ordinances, which are strictly enforced, but also through the influence of public opinion, as the visitors are a source of profitable revenue. The freedom from hay-fever in these places is due to the fact that all weeds and grasses with wind-borne pollen2 are rigidly excluded.
The history of hay-fever resorts, before pollen was discovered to be the cause, forms an interesting example of the unreliability of health measures when not based on scientific principles. A sufferer from hay-fever, in
SCHEPPEGRELL W. HAY-FEVER RESORTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. JAMA. 1918;71(7):523–524. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.02600330021008
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: