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Aerotherapeutics in consumption is not a new treatment, although it has had a varied application. Forcibly holding a full breath with the glottis closed was recommended by so ancient an authority as Hippocrates with the idea that it "opened out the channels of breathing." Galen declared that it "opened out the internal cavities." They were positive, however, that it was the proper treatment for consumption. Their explanation for the practice was based upon the antiquated notion that by this pressure of the muscles air was conveyed through all the arteries of the frame. The most reasonable explanation would be that during the compression of a distended chest, with the glottis closed, air finds its way forcibly into little-used, collapsed or plugged-up alveoli, aerating them more perfectly than in ordinary breathing. Much has been written on the subject of climate and aerotherapeutics, chest development and kindred subjects. Inhalations, full breathing and
WEAVER WH. SPECIFIC ACTION OF AIR IN CONSUMPTION. JAMA. 1899;XXXII(2):74–77. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450290024001h
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