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August 18, 1951

Climate in Everyday Life

JAMA. 1951;146(16):1543. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670160085035

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From the rich and numerous but widely scattered sources of information on climatology, Brooks first assembled facts for a lecture on climate and the deterioration of materials; this grew into a book on industrial climatology, and finally became the present even more inclusive volume. Its three major divisions are headed "Living with the Climate," "Climate as an Enemy," and "The Control of Climate." The third is of particular medical interest because it includes discussions of heating, air conditioning, lighting, and clothing. Readers curious about the new word "clo" will find a definition on page 254. The surprising integrations of modern life are exemplified on page 252, where the author notes the increased drain on the electric generator systems when a dense thundercloud darkens the sky over a great city. The author's discussion of lighting is far from complete, and in general it becomes evident that the subject of climatology, even

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