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June 20, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(25):696-698. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391000024011

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The Meeting of the American Climatological Association; Climatic Treatment of Phthisis; Sanitaria —Contagious Ophthalmia—Long Island College Hospital—The Manhattan Hospital.

The second annual meeting of the American Climatological Association, which was held in this city on the 27th and 28th of May, was very interesting and successful, and much good work was accomplished by it. The address of the President, Dr. Loomis, which was admirable, was largely devoted to the climatic treatment of phthisis. It was absurd, in his opinion, to claim for any climate that it exerted a specific influence upon the disease; but localities where there was the greatest purity of atmosphere, and consequent freedom from germs, were undoubtedly the best for the consumptive. It was universally recognized that a moist atmosphere favored phthisis, and a moist atmosphere was one laden with germs. In this connection he referred to several cases apparently indicating that the

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