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August 17, 1918


Author Affiliations

President. American Hay-Fever Prevention Association; Chief, Hay-Fever Clinic, Charity Hospital NEW ORLEANS

JAMA. 1918;71(7):523-524. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600330021008

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