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March 29, 1941

DISEASES OF THE RESPIRATORY TRACT AND AIR CONDITIONING

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DETROIT
From the Industrial Health Conservancy Laboratories.

JAMA. 1941;116(13):1360-1364. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130022007
Abstract

One of the reasons for the inclusion of this topic in this symposium was created some hundreds of thousands of years ago when man's ancestor first began to scorn his hairy coat and to substitute therefor a layer of subcutaneous fat. It may be doubted that this design to pass down through the ages in shocking and obscene nakedness was directly planned to plague air conditioning engineers or physiologists at some later period, but the ultimate result is an animal organism highly individualistic in his ridiculous adaptations to his atmospheric environments. Such statements do not make claim that, had man retained in modest respectability his hairy coat, neither would he be beset by respiratory diseases, for his hirsute kinsmen the apes are not thus blessed, nor then would not be comforted by the boon of air conditioning. No less, man's nakedness and its scores of resulting delicate compensating mechanisms openly

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