After the Civil War, northern
physicians began prescribing a ‘change of climate’ to
people suffering from tuberculosis and other lung diseases.
These people were often urged to go to Florida for the winter
to escape the harsh weather and in hopes that the more temperature
and humid climate would make breathing and recovery easier.
The history of medicine in Florida includes health foods
and patent medicine tonics, literature extolling the benefits
of climate upon health and the abundance of pure water springs.
Florida Medicine is a strong and dedicated field. Doctors
and other medical practicioners must serve and ever-expanding
population, including the large numbers of retirees that move
to Florida in their later years. Works contained in this section
of the Florida Heritage Collection are primarily related to
the clinical and life sciences, human biology, physicians
and the medical profession.