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December 1, 1923

LONG LIFE IN THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS

JAMA. 1923;81(22):1895-1896. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650220065026

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Are the southern mountains a healthful place in which to live? Much has been said and written about poverty, poor medical care, lack of proper attention to childhood, and various other matters classed as hardships which people who live in the remote parts of the mountains have to endure. But in contrast to these things one should dwell on the advantages which life in the mountains has to offer. There are hardships in places, but there are also rewards worth living for: pure air, excellent spring water, the simple life, absence of noises that infest our cities, neighbors with whom one can get acquainted, friends who will help in time of sickness and bring comfort in days of sorrow, gorgeous sunsets and glorious sunrises undimmed by smoke from flues and factory chimneys, scenery whose lights and shadows vary through each hour of the day, an opportunity to

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