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December 9, 1911

THE PROBLEM OF CONSERVING THE AMERICAN MEDICINAL MINERAL SPRINGS

JAMA. 1911;LVII(24):1908-1911. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120098008
Abstract

The American people have now become fully cognizant of the reckless wastefulness with which the natural resources of the country have been and are being used. It has also accepted a clearer conception of the value of the health of the people as one of these natural resources, and any measure that promises to contribute to the improvement of the sanitary conditions of the individual as well as of the community is considered with interest. It does not seem inopportune, then, to call the public attention to the medicinal mineral springs of the United States as to another one of the natural resources which, instead of entering into the work of preserving and restoring the health of the people, is now, while perhaps not actually wasted, largely allowed to go to waste.

However skeptical one may be with regard to the value of the internal use of the waters of

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