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February 5, 1944

Lincoln-Douglas: The Weather As Destiny

JAMA. 1944;124(6):396-397. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850060066034

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Abstract

"If the conscious reaction was so obviously governed by the subconscious, and the subconscious so evidently conditioned by the state of the total personality, or the environment, or the weather, we can assume that much in the background of what was seemingly 'mysterious' in Lincoln is to be sought in the unusual development of these relatively intangible mechanisms of the autonomic nervous system, and particularly the lower brain centers." This paragraph from Dr. Petersen's book pretty well characterizes its contents. According to him, all human acts are greatly influenced by the total personality, the ancestry and especially the weather. The latter, in turn, is influenced by the sun spots; however, leading men and great events do not reflect the sun spots but the cosmic rhythm of the sun spot cycle.

The author has selected three persons to demonstrate his theory: Lincoln, Mrs. Lincoln and Douglas. The book does not pretend

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