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January 2, 1932

Wetter und Jahreszeit als Krankheitsfaktoren: Grundriss einer Meteoropathologie des Menschen.

JAMA. 1932;98(1):74-75. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730270078042

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This is an excellent critical summary of the existing information about the relation of weather and season to disease. The author discusses the effect of the seasons on metabolic processes either directly or through seasonal vitamin deficiency, and also attempts to analyze the more complicated factors that influence the seasonal prevalence of infectious disease. In the insectborne diseases, of course, the ability of the insect vector to develop in certain places and at certain seasons, the relative accessibility of the host, and possible seasonal fluctuations in the susceptibility of the host intensify the difficulty of the problem. The reason for the seasonal prevalence of some diseases is still quite unknown. There is no good explanation for the usual occurrence of poliomyelitis epidemics in summer or of meningitis epidemics in winter. Although present knowledge is meager and the time hardly ripe for general conclusion, de Rudder's book can be recommended as

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