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December 1916


Am J Dis Child. 1916;XII(6):590-596. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1916.04110180052003

There is an agent of wonderful power and value to the pediatrician, the use and action of which is little appreciated even by the more prominent in the pediatric community. It has, therefore, seemed to me worth while to speak of its method of action and of its application to the uses of the pediatrician. I refer to fresh air.

By fresh air as a therapeutic agent I mean moving and cool outdoor air. The still air of the hot, humid dogdays of summer is little better than that of the crowded, hot room in winter. Fresh, moving, cool, out-door air stimulates the appetite, induces quiet sleep, brings color to the cheeks, and increases the resistance of the organism to infection.

In seeking an explanation of the action of fresh air on the human body we find the claim that fresh, cold air raises materially the blood pressure. This claim,