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February 1, 1902

INDICATIONS FOR AND UTILITY OF ALTITUDE TREATMENT TN PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(5):287-289. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480050001001
Abstract

It is especially useful at the present time to be reminded of what is known of the effects of high climates, because the excitement produced in many physicians by their reception of the idea that the open air, forced feeding and sanatorium treatment are of immense value in arresting phthisis, has caused them, in their eagerness to use these, to them new weapons, to inconsiderately fling away many a proven weapon of the past.

INFLUENCE OF ALTITUDE.  In the consideration of the influence of altitude there are two important matters to be recognized—the physical conditions of the climate and its physiologic effects. The essential distinction of the climate at a high altitude from that at a low level is the diminished barometric pressure. The most notable and important of the permanent effects of this reduced pressure is the influence it exercises on the blood, in producing an increase of red

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