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March 20, 1897

Respiration and Phthisis.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(12):565. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440120039017

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Abstract

Ottawa, Ont., March 6, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Will you kindly give space to the following in an early issue and thus aid in this important work? Without the coöperation of the leading medical journals nothing can be accomplished in that behalf. Trusting you will so favor, I may hereby thank you in advance, and am, sir, Very truly yours, Edward Playter, M.D.

To Members of the Medical Profession, Individually—in the Interest of Medical Science:  — As there is evidence tending to prove the theory that all persons predisposed by heredity to consumption have a respiratory capacity or action insufficient for good vigorous health, probably a proportionately small chest with insufficiency of lung membrane, that the predisposition is mainly or primarily due to this cause; in other words, that the insufficient respiratory function is the special primary feature of the predisposition (a condition which may be, practically, acquired by habit,

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