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May 14, 1938

The Patient and the Weather

JAMA. 1938;110(20):1698-1699. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790200066030

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Abstract

In spite of the fact that several other large volumes have already appeared in this series, in this volume Dr. Petersen begins to approach the conditions which are much more to the interest of the general medical man than were those discussed in previous volumes. While it is true that heart disease has been touched on previously, the present tome deals with tuberculosis and with a number of other disorders which arise more often in the experience of the general practitioner and internist than do the mental diseases and other conditions to which were devoted much of the space in the preceding volumes. Dr. Petersen is interested in correlating the general trend of climatic change with disease. Fluctuation in temperature, humidity, pressure and other weather changes are correlated day by day with many bodily variations due to disease. The reason Dr. Petersen thinks these might be of importance is that

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