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October 29, 1887

CLIMATE AND HEALTH RESORTS OF CALIFORNIA.Read in the Section on State Medicine, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(18):547-555. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400170003002

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Abstract

California has but recently attracted the attention of sanitarians. This tardy recognition was partly due to its isolation, partly to the fact that the Argonauts looked not at the sky, but at the earth and cared nothing for scenery, climate or a pure atmosphere. The Coast belt contained no gold, therefore they ignored it. Southern California, where now bloom perennial orange groves and the rarest exotics, they pronounced a desert scarcely able to support a meagre growth of sage brush and cactus, a fit habitation for the coyote and the squalid Troglodyte. Only recently has the fact been borne in mind that something is to be found more precious than gold, and from all over the world thousands of invalids flock here; they do not realize that California has a cosmopolitan climate adapted to all diseases that can possibly be benefited by change of air; that within its borders are

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