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June 24, 1974

Blowing In the Wind

JAMA. 1974;228(13):1670. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230380038024

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The mind-blowing windorama unveiled in the JAMA editorial, "The Great Winds of the Earth" (227:195-196, 1974), is overawing, if not downright frightening. Apparently, the Hawaiian kona, the Tyrolean foehn, the North African hamsin and many other mighty winds exert an adverse effect on emotions and behavior, even on health. To such as these may well apply Shakespeare's "Ill blows the wind that profits nobody."

Not all, however, is loss. There are other winds, soft and genial. "The gentle wind in the palm trees," "The Western breeze that blows kindly," and "every little breeze" that seemed to "whisper Louise" linger nostalgically in memory. And does not God "temper the wind to the shorn lamb"?

"I had a sudden visual picture of myself" writes the noted columnist Stewart Alsop (Saturday Rev World, Dec 18, 1973, pp 20-23), a victim of leukemia, "as the shorn lamb, naked to the cold wind, and the