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September 29, 1894

Mountain Fever—Practice of Medicine Act—Health, of Denver.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(13):515. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421180033010

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New Castle, Colo., Sept. 1, 1894.

To the Editor:  —Possibly some of your many readers may be interested in a line from "the heart of the Rockies;" not that we have much disease here, for we have very little where good habits prevail. I have seen an occasional case of "mountain fever," a form of remittent, consequent upon exposure and the hot days and cool nights of July and August, altitude causing a lower type and temperature than is found in the low, damp regions where the disease is most common. Both observation and reason commend the careful use of the still fashionable agents that depress the heat-producing centers.An enforced idleness consequent upon "labor troubles," "a strike" in a mining camp of 1,200, when the wages were so low they could not live, though they spent annually from seventy-five to an hundred thousand dollars for alcoholics, permitted me to camp out during August in the near by "big game country."

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