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August 6, 1892

PHILADELPHIA LETTER.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(6):174-176. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420060028013

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Abstract

The most prominent subject of discussion, in all circles, but possessing special features of medical interest during the past week, has been the weather. Although as an ordinary topic of conversation, it has been declared to be "bad form," yet when the temperature gets up to par, or above, comment is justifiable, of course within the usual limits of polite language. Moreover, anything stronger than this would be useless, for if abjurgation of the weather or the weather bureau had the slightest influence upon mean temperature and general humidity, it can be taken for granted that the hot spell would have terminated in a much briefer time than it did. The five days preceding July 26,1892, will be memorable over a large section of the eastern United States for sustained high temperature, remarkable magnetic disturbances, and thunder storms of almost cyclonic violence. Deaths from lightning were reported at a number

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