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Medical geography and phthisic immunity in the high altitudes: The origins of a Therapeutic hypothesis
Revue de géographie alpine / Journal of alpine research
Medical geography expanded considerably in the 19 th century. Its expansion was aided by a Neo-Hippocratic trend in medical thinking, progress in statistics and hygiene, and an overall vision of geography formulated early in the century by French and German geographers inspired by Alexander von Humboldt. By tracing out the process that prompted certain « doctor-geographers » to put forth the hypothesis of immunity phthisis in elevated regions, this article seeks to show how various trends in medical geography led to the establishment of the « altitude cure » as a treatment for tuberculosis.
Medical geography, history of medicine, medical cartography, climatotherapy, tuberculosis, altitude
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