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March 5, 1892

"OPEN" AND UNWHOLESOME FEBRUARY.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(10):303-304. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411140025005

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Abstract

February is a month with few friends. Those ancients who made for us the calendar showed very little respect for it, judging from their manner of cutting it down as closely as they could. February stands between winter and spring—neither one thing nor the other—a kind of go-between, makeshift and after-consideration. It was not always thus, for if we can pin our meteorology of former days to Shakespeare, February was once a good, honest winter month in England. That keenly observant bard described the month as being " full of frost and storms and cloudiness," a genuinely hyematic state of things. And we ourselves have in our boyhood days seen Februaries when we could go sleighing and skating, and we could then say to one another that winter sports must in that month be taken in to their utmost, by recalling the adage, "February is a bridge but March breaks it."

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