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March 12, 1887

THE CLIMATIC TREATMENT OF DISEASE.Read before the Chicago Medical Society, February 7, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(11):289-291. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391360009001b

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There is probably no field in therapeutics in which the general practitioner becomes so quickly lost as that of the climatic treatment ofdisease. He seldom has the time or opportunities to investigate the subject personally, and what little knowledge of the subject he possesses has been gleaned from the voluminous literature written by various authors on this topic. Even this knowledge is ill-defined. There is a great difference of opinion among writers on climatology as to what should be the altitude, temperature, dryness or moisture, etc., for the treatment of various pulmonary diseases. The purpose of this and following papers will be to formulate the desiderata for climates in the treatment of various pulmonary diseases. Inasmuch as phthisis pulmonalis constitutes the largest class of these diseases, we will first briefly note what eminent authoritiessay are the requisites in the climatic treatment of this disease.

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