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Altitude.—The question of altitude in its relation to phthisis is one of the gravest importance, and has been occupying for some time a large share of the attention of medical writers. Treated in accordance with the plan of these papers, of course only the most general deductions can be made. If it can be shown, however, that the mortality from the disease at different altitudes is so conflicting as to render a formulated law quite impossible, and make it necessary to study the special indications of each case, an important object will have been attained. No greater calamity can befall the advancing study of the climatic treatment of consumption, than the routine habit, so much in vogue, of sending patients to certain localities without determining their special fitness for each case.
In the United States every degree of elevation can be found, from certain parts of the coast line which
McCASKEY GW. GEOGRAPHICAL PATHOLOGY OF CONSUMPTION. JAMA. 1885;V(5):121–124. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391040009001a
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