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October 26, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(17):600-601. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401130022004

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Sad indeed is the outlook for the consumptive who is unable to seek a change of climate when that of his home is not suited to life out of doors. So uncertain are all means directed to the local treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, even Weigert's hot air inhalations, that the greatest hope of arresting the disease lies still in its proper climatic management. By far the largest number of consumptives, however, is compelled to forego this chance of recovery and rely upon the physician and nurse. In only too many instances the former falls into a dreary routine born of hopelessness, while the nurse is but too often an ignorant, inexperienced, though loving member of the family. This is deplorable. If for good and sufficient reasons the doctor does not resort to expensive local measures, but is satisfied if he can merely ameliorate the patient's condition and prolong life, he

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