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June 12, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(7):452-453. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840240042016

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COMMITTEE ON AMERICAN HEALTH RESORTS RECOMMENDS THAT WORD "CURE" BE AVOIDED  The Committee on American Health Resorts has authorized publication of the following statement.W. W. Bauer, M.D.The word "cure," analogous to the German "kur," has become traditional in connection with health resorts. "Cure" is a word which the American people associate with complete relief from disease or from symptoms, whereas the same word as used in health resort terminology refers rather to the program and procedure involved in treatment; that is, to the method, not the result. The Committee recognizes that traditional' use of words cannot be modified arbitrarily, but the Committee cannot allow the impression to be fostered that complete relief from disease or from symptoms will necessarily result from health resort treatment. The Committee recommends that the use of the word be avoided whenever possible.

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