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November 19, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(21):1552. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500210042004

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We are gradually abandoning the idea that the care of tuberculosis is dependent on certain climatic conditions. Experience is proving that abundant food, fresh air and rest are the essentials of such a cure, and that they can be applied in practically all climates. Yet in the minds of many, both medical men and laymen, the idea still survives that certain places have an almost magic effect on this disease, and that if the tuberculous patient can only reach one of the famous resorts of the West and Southwest, he will get well without anything else being needed. It is certainly true that a sojourn in a dry, fairly equable, sunny climate, in the open air, with abundance of food and freedom from mental worry or hard work, constitutes the ideal treatment for a consumptive, but if all the other elements are left out and the climate alone remains, the

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