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July 27, 1895

THE PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL CLIMATOLOGY.

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PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN CLIMATOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION. COLORADO SPRINGS. COLO.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(4):129-131. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430300001001

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Abstract

In presenting to you some thoughts upon medical climatology and its underlying principles, I am mindful that while the profession as a whole are lamentably ignorant of the principles of climatology, and sadly careless and ignorant in their application, and need instruction in the very grammar of the subject, I have now the honor of addressing those whose reputation and presence here are assurances of their knowledge and serious interest in climatic study. I shall therefore, as far as possible, avoid dwelling upon well-known facts, but it would seem wise to first define the subject we are to consider.

Climate implies the physical peculiarities of a given locality, while climatology is the study of these various climates with their special correspondences and their effects upon man.

Medical climatology, in the arrangement of its various departments, may be compared to a pyramid, the broad base of which is formed of the

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