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September 5, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(10):849-850. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540100049007

Somewhat more than twenty years ago a popular farce was constructed on the "wildly fantastical" idea—as the authors termed it—of a summer hotel which was made to revolve by means of a windlass and mule power. Since then revolving habitations have been designed and constructed in sober earnest; they have been made to turn on pivots, so that their rooms could face in any direction. Dr. Pellegrin and architect Petit, both of Paris, together devised such a house; in its axis of rotation there was a shaft, through which passed the water pipes. A gas engine moved the platform on which the structure was erected; and the machinery could be harnessed to clockwork. Such a house was intended especially for invalids, for whom it was most appropriate. Less ambitious "shelters" having one of the four sides entirely open, have long been in use in the outdoor treatment of consumption, whereby

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