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hamlet, and on every ranch in Southwest Texas, are to be found people who have sought the
climate's beneficent influences, and who have fully recovered from the earlier stages of lung
disease, their recovery having resulted from residence of longer or shorter duration in this
The relative /tumidi/'t (ofalmos/h re is another important factor in climatic composition.
Naturally, great humiidity is attended by increase in decay. Warmth and moisture combined
are essential elements in lung destruction. Florida, a much vaunted health resort, possesses
these features in marked degree. Not so with Southwest Texas. San Antonio and vicinity
enjoy a remarkably large number of dry days. The humidity of the section is not below that
of many other parts of the country, but it is concentrated into, a lesser number of days than in
many other sections, and the dry days are the rule.
Except in the rainy weather there is unusual freedom front humidity, and the air is so
evaporative in character as to act most beneficially upon the exhausting night sweats from which
many lung invalids suffer. It is also very beneficial in that class of cases in which copious
expectorations and other debilitating discharges are present. Rarely do we find an invalid
suffering from copious expectoration and exhaustive night sweat- in whom , upon arrival in San
Antonio, positive benefit does not soon accrue. Even in many of those necessarily fatal
cases, which seek climatic change, this improvement is noticeable to their relief, if noI to
A//litde is another very essential element in the make-up of climate for throat and lung
invalids. Colorado, New Mexico, and some parts of Utah and other mountain States have been
highly recommended, because of the rarity and purity of air belonging to the mountain ranges.
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Fisher, C. E. Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases, book, 1895; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143545/m1/17/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.