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November 26, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(22):1266-1269. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450220001002

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Our purpose in this paper is to enforce the efficacy of heat in the treatment of the ills of infancy and childhood, as well as to illustrate the pleasing and peculiar adaptability of the Turkish bath, which is the most perfect form of using heat in all cases of disease. What we have to say is based on experience in raising a large family, as well as some considerable practice with patients during a period of thirty-five years.

While a vast amount of disease and suffering that occur in early life is produced by errors in diet, clothing and exercise, a large portion of it comes from want of cleanliness, added to by impure air, unwholesome dwellings, etc. Lack of knowledge is responsible for many pernicious practices that lead to debility, and too frequently an untimely end. Impure air, of whatever nature, has the most deleterious influence upon infantile life,

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