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September 11, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(2):162. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900020058029

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It is in no sense a pleasure to review this book—a sizeable volume which might wisely have remained unpublished in these days of an already too voluminous medical literature. The format of the book follows the publisher's usual style and quality of physical production; its content, however, evinces such severe faults in technical approach and logical deduction as to exclude it from the field of scientific literature. The relationships of man-weather-sun deserve far more intelligent treatment than they here receive!

Petersen sees "Man as a Cosmic Resonator," responding in numerous physical and chemical ways to the passage of polar and tropical "fronts." He follows three young men—triplets— intensively for forty-two days and finds their ups and downs occurring with or just after the passage of "fronts." Indeed, how could it be otherwise, when he labels thirteen "cold fronts" as passing over Chicago in the forty-two day period of observation? Everything