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An essay on the nature and cure of the phthisis pulmonalis, or, consumption of the lungs, Philadelphia, 1785.

Author/Artist: Reid MD, Thomas (1739-1802)

Type: Book

Topic: Tuberculosis

Title page of An essay on the nature and cure of the phthisis pulmonalis, or, consumption of the lungs

This American reprint of a book authored by Thomas Reid, describes warm sea air as a treatment for pulmonary diseases, such as tuberculosis. When George Washington's older half-brother, Lawrence, contracted tuberculosis, both men visited the Caribbean island of Barbados seeking a warm sea air cure.