This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
A striking instance of the value of the use of fruit in warding off fevers, incident to " ague countries," is given in the case of a family who moved from the East to the West, and who carried a large quantity of dried fruit with them which was used pretty freely all the summer, and none fell sick, although almost all new comers have generally suffered the first year. In the second year, with their fruit all gone, the family succumbed to the usual fevers of the district. We can recall from our own personal observation several instances similar - one is that of a young man who went from a home in northern New York to a new one in the Delaware peninsula. Unusually fond of fruit, and with the greatest abundance around him, he ate freely, and during a residence of six years in a section once famous for its " chills and fever" he has defied all prophesies, and never yet has suffered the first attack. It is also a matter of common remark that with those families who have engaged in the culture of fruit, who have eaten it freely, who have given up the old fashioned diet of salt pork, that the " chills and fever " have left them and they are blessed with almost entire exemption from any similar ill.
It seems to be a good axiom, well fortified, that "plenty of fruit to eat makes small doctors9 bills:'