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The Secretary of the American Medical Association Climbs the Catskills, Stands on Inspiration Point, Gazes into the Depths of the Kaaterskill Falls, andgives to our readers Some thoughts on Mountain Scenery and Health Combined.
To the Editor:
—I dare to offer to your readers from the lofty Catskills, and at about the highest point in the range, some thoughts on mountain scenery and health combined in place of a didactic or clinical lecture. The rare atmosphere united to the grand scenery gives one a feeling of exhileration which lifts him above all thoughts of disease, or its concomitant mediation. Even hygiene may almost be ignored, as health here really runs itself. We are so often treated to the phrase "the Switzerland of America" that the term seems to mean nothing, but for grandeur of mountain scenery, by which humanity lapses into nothingness, this particular portion of New York surpasses everything
Atkinson WB. Letter from the Catskills. JAMA. 1890;XV(8):301–302. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410340033012
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