Dr. Valentine Mott (1785-1865), one of the foremost American surgeons of his day, in a supplement to Infant Treatment,1 by Mrs. Louisa Mary Barwell (1800-1885), had this to say about the value of pure air for infants suffering from teething:

When a child, pent up in the confined and impure atmosphere of our cities, has become emaciated by teething, and perhaps brought to death's door by cholera infantum, it is surprising to see with what rapidity he is restored, on removal to the pure air of the country. This seems to be a specific for nearly all the disorders, which arise from teething; and, accordingly, all our writers on diseases of children, recommend this as an indispensable, and the only remedy, almost, which is needed. We have been in the habit, for the last twenty years, of recommending to those who dwell in the city of New York, a daily trip, across the river to Hoboken, during the summer months, for children undergoing the process of teething, and we have found, where this has been practiced, that dentition has, in a very large majority of cases, been attended with little or no inconvenience.

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