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' -i It has long been recognized by the medical profession that to climate, next to
1 IInourishing food, belongs the chief place in the combat with consumption and allied
disorders. For centuries the physicians of the Old World have sent their
" throat and lung invalids to the southern part of Europe, to the shores
of the Mediterranean, to the south of France, to Spain, and to certain
S' parts of Switzerland, even to the Madeira Islands, the West Indies, and
other ocean isles, in search of renewed health.
Consumption exists everywhere, and everywhere carries off its millions per
a111nnu1m. In many of the resorts for lung trouble the disease is known to
claim a share of the inhabitants; no part of the globe is entirely free from it.
But that there are certain localities in which it is far less prevalent than in
others is shown by statistics, which cannot be controverted.
Southwest Texas is one of the sections of the United States which presents
a remarkably low death rate from this disease. That part of the State lying west
of the Colorado River and south of Austin, the State capital, bears the lowest
death rate from phthisis of any equally large territory on this continent. The
e figures as given in recognized authorities demonstrate that the State of Texas
i"'- shows a death rate of about six per thousand from consumption. But when
that rate is carefully analyzed it is shown that the deaths from phthisis are
more than four times as great in the malarious and changeable parts of the State as in the
section under consideration, and thus the rate in the " Health Belt " is lowered to less than
two per thousand.
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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/m1/8/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.