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January 1931

Umsturz und Aufbau der Pratkischen Medizin. Volume II, Part 1. Volume III, Part 2.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;47(1):164-165. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00140190175022

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These two parts of the large work come mainly under the category of medical curiosities and special pleading. The author is a practicing ophthalmologist. The subtitle of the first pamphlet reads "The Crowning (Entthronung) of Bacteriology Through the Biophysics of the Atmosphere: Meteorology as the Basis of Physical Therapy; Medicine in the Service of Aeronautics." The dependence of living processes on the atmospheric pressure, the oxygen of the atmosphere and, in part, the temperature is now fairly well understood. To be sure, we do not yet know the mechanism of the poisonous effect of high oxygen tension, but the author appears to go far afield in his endeavor to correlate atmospheric changes with all types of disease processes.

The second pamphlet is largely one of special pleading for what appears to be a proprietary drug, and more than two thirds of the pamphlet is taken up with tables and cases

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