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October 18, 1924

The Cure of Pulmonary Tuberculosis By Rest and Exercise.

JAMA. 1924;83(16):1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660160055033

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This rather contradictory title might be improved, perhaps, by the elimination of the word "exercise," for the book is a strong brief for the treatment by rest. Sixty-five of the 158 pages of reading matter are given over to a historical presentation of the early treatment of tuberculosis by the pioneers in this field, Brehmer, Dettweiler and Trudeau. While quite interesting, from a biographic standpoint, much of the material might well have been omitted. The author justly places Dettweiler in advance of Brehmer, whose ideas of rest as a therapeutic factor seem to have been almost nonexistent; in fact, Brehmer seems to have been, primarily, a hydrotherapist. The author also takes up the exercise methods of Paterson of Frimley, England, and reaches a logical conclusion that the strenuous work therapy of the latter has little to commend it, judging from ultimate results. Paterson relies more on the general body conditions

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