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April 18, 1885

The Annual and Seasonal Climatic Maps of the United States.

JAMA. 1885;IV(16):443-444. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390910023011

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The number of people who are annually borne home in their coffins from the so-called " Health Resorts," is a solemn and silent testimonial to the ignorance of the greater number of our physicians as to the climate of various portions of their own country; and the number of foreigners who die at these places shows that our confreres across the water know even less than we do of this important subject. Patients are often told to go to Cuba, the Adirondacks, Florida, or Colorado, who would have done equally well in going to Panama, New Guinea, or the northern part of Greenland; and one can but think that they would have been sent to one of these localities had the physician not thought of one of the other places first. To tell a patient to go to a certain "Health Resort," is to give him a prescription; a mistake in

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