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February 26, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVI(9):656-657. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580350044023

It has become clear recently that variations in temperature represent one of the best tonics provided by Nature. Lauder Brunton believes that tuberculous patients will not get better in a climate that does not vary from 20 to 30 degrees every day. Indeed, more than one observer has hinted that the principal element of therapeutic value in the altitude treatment of tuberculosis consists in the variations of temperature obtaining to a greater degree at altitudes than in low lying districts. Too large variations of daily temperature may be overtrying for delicate persons, but, as a rule, a definite drop in temperature during the night, so that the morning air is distinctly bracing by contrast with the midday temperature, is a source of stimulation. To remain in a room of definite unmodified temperature for three or four hours produces a jaded feeling and a loss of appetite. Even a brief walk

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