The last half of the nineteenth century saw the institution of the fresh-air treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, which in the first decade of this century has been extended to the treatment of many other diseases, including nervous and mental disorders, pneumonia and certain digestive disturbances. We know that fresh air is of great benefit in pulmonary tuberculosis, but even yet some of us have not fully realized that fresh air benefits patients with other forms of tuberculosis as much as it does those with the respiratory type. It is. then, safe to say that fresh air exerts no more influence on the lungs than on the rest of the body. A further fact bearing on this point is the unpleasant symptoms that many persons experience when confined in a close or stuffy atmosphere and forced to breathe "ruminated" air. It is almost needless to enumerate these symptoms—at first headache,
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