|Altitude has an apparent influence on the frequency of phthisis (TB), the rarity of the disease at high altitudes in Switzerland having been demonstrated, and a like protective influence is enjoyed by certain elevated districts in Mexico, notwithstanding the insanitary conditions of the towns thereon. The protection afforded by the altitude is alleged to be due to the dryness of the atmosphere, its freedom from impurities and the increased solar radiation.|
|For those who are able to do so advantage may be taken of the combined sanatorium and sun treatment. In certain high altitudes in Switzerland, which are favored by a large amount of sunshine and a small percentage of moisture, much benefit has been derived from the exposure of the unclothed body to the suns rays. The power of the sun in high altitudes is so great that the treatment can be continued even when the snow is on the ground. Not only is the sun-treatment applicable to pulmonary tuberculosis, but also to the tuberculosis of joints, even in advanced cases. The treatment has to a great extent replaced surgical procedure in tuberculosis of joints, but it requires to be persevered in over a considerable period of time.|
|I always thought it was more to do with the quality of the air rather than anything else and that it was playing one thing off against the other (if that makes sense).|
|Mrs Redboots wrote:|
|And didn't they think the very dry air of Arizona was good for TB patients, too, even though it wasn't at altitude.
|There was a sanatorium at Blencathra which is just the other side of Keswick from here.|
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