Excerpt from Atlantic City as a Winter Health Resort: Embracing Official Reports, Meteorological Tables, &C., Concerning the Climate of Atlantic City, N. J., The Testimony of Eminent Physicians as to Its Effects on Various Forms of Disease, Hygienic Hints for Invalids at the Seashore
A letter from Dr. William Pepper, Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, written in reply to a request from me for a statement of his experience in sending pulmonary cases to Atlantic City, was not received in time for insertion in the original paper, but is now printed for the first time.
Another year's experience has been strongly corroborative of the views hitherto expressed by me as to the curative value of this climate at all seasons, but especially in the winter and spring. Last winter was much colder than the average, here as well as in Florida and all over the continent yet quite as much benefit as usual was derived by consumptives in the earlier stages. The same may be said of persons suffering with bronchial or throat affections. But perhaps the most marked improvement has been noted in casesof nervous exhaustion in all its protean forms, and of chronic malaria. These have almost uniformly gained rapidly and steadily here under proper hygienic conditions.
Testimony has been gathered with regard to the effect of this climate upon lung diseases especially, because, while it is generally admitted that sea air is highly curative in nearly the entire list of chronic ailments, there has been a widely-prevalent impression, both among the laity and medical profession, that consumptives are always better away from it. This impression is now known to be erroneous, it having been demonstrated by abundant clinical experience that phthisis in its earlier stages is no exception to the rule that all the morbid results Of weakness and impaired nutrition, when not too far advanced, may hope for improvement from the tonic and alterative effects Of a dry and stimulating sea air. This fact has been well attested in Europe, and is confirmed in the fol lowing pages by the testimony Of a few Of the many physicians who have long been sending consumptives to Atlantic City.
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