By William F. Petersen. Volume II. Autonomic Disintegration. Price, $6.50. Pp. 530, with 249 figures and charts. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Brothers, Inc., 1934.
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This is the second of a coherent series of five or six monographs on the effect of meteorologic factors on the functioning of organs and the localization of disease. Petersen is professor of pathology and bacteriology of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. His present thesis is that cyclonic disturbances, which are especially characteristic of the northern tier of states of the United States, bring about stimulation, overstimulation and fatigue of organs and organ systems and in this manner predispose to the localization of disease. While the meteorologic factor is recognized as being only one of several environmental factors in the "constellation of events" which influence the human mechanism, it probably is the most important. In volume I it was shown that the normal person reacts to his meteorologic environment in a chemical and endocrine rhythm conditioned by the recurrent changes of the environment. In volume II are
The Patient and the Weather.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1935;56(1):207-208. doi:10.1001/archinte.1935.03920010215010