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The importance of climatotherapy in the treatment of consumption was recognized even by the ancients. As long ago as the time of Hippocrates and his immediate successors it was held that consumptives should be removed to a distance from the locality in which they had contracted their disease. From that day to this, physicians have been in the habit of ordering change of climate for their phthisical patients in the belief that in a judicious and early employment of climatotherapy lies the consumptive's best hope of recovery. Much thought and investigation have been given to the determination of those qualities of climate to which its remedial virtues may be attributed. These would seem to be dryness, high altitude, equability and purity. Yet that dryness and high elevation are not fundamental requirements for all cases, is shown by the fact that some patients do well in sea stations such as the
BABCOCK RH. THE OPEN AIR TREATMENT OF CONSUMPTIVES WHO CAN NOT SEEK CHANGE OF CLIMATE. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(14):510–512. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430140006002a
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