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August 3, 1935

Living with the Weather

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By Clarence A. Mills, M.D., Ph.D., James T. Heady Professor of Experimental Medicine, University of Cincinnati. Cloth. Price, $1.50. Pp. 206. Cincinnati: Caxton Press, 1934.

JAMA. 1935;105(5):388. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760310062029

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Dr. Mills has been studying for the past six years "climatic and weather effects" and has made "continuous observation of patients in clinic and hospital" and "of laboratory animals under controlled conditions." One need not read far in the book to suspect that Dr. Mills feels that Walter Hines Page understated the influence of climate when, in a letter to a friend in 1913, Page said regarding life that "half of it is climate; a fourth of it is occupation; the other fourth companionship. And the climate (with what it does) is three fourths of companionship." "Weather men," says Dr. Mills, "when they speak of weather, mean the behavior of such factors as temperature, pressure, moisture, wind, and sunshine over relatively short periods of time.... Climate, on the other hand, refers to the sum total of weather over long periods of time." And according to Dr. Mills, weather and climate

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