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July 30, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(5):143. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420050025003

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During the last few days an atmospheric wave of unusual high temperature has passed from West to East over the Northern States, Fahrenheit thermometers marking over 90° for nearly the entire day for more than a week. This is dangerous weather and carries with it a death mark to many houses. The daily press tells of the adults who directly succumb to the effects of the heat, but leaves unrecorded the names of scores and hundreds of invalids and infants whose lives go out as they wilt before the Sirocco. While the immediate mortality has been appalling, the enervating and debilitating influence of the heat will for weeks and months continue its depressing influence.

From this heat will be dated the beginning of innumerable cases of summer complaint, diarrhœa, dysentery, nervous prostration, and mental aberration. The mortality and suffering from these affections may be greatly lessened by timely advice from

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