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FLORIDA THEMES : MEDICINE

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.

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