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April 23, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(17):1336-1337. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680430038020

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Treatment of the Tuberculous in Mountain Regions and in the Lowlands  In discussing the relative value of mountains and lowlands as a place of abode for the tuberculous, Dr. Ulrici, the medical director of the Berlin Tuberculosis Hospital in Beetz-Sommerfeld, took a stand against overestimation of the value of mountain climate. He is of the opinion that climate is of secondary importance. The essential factors are fresh air and proper diet. The lowlands offer in summer a climate that is mild or conservative and in winter a rigorous climate that is bracing. For the average member of a health insurance society, the exchange of poor quarters for the peaceful surroundings and the comfort of a German sanatorium is an important psychic factor. There are many cases in which mountain regions are contraindicated, including heart patients and patients with exophthalmic goiter. Such patients sleep in elevated regions either too much or

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