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June 1939

The Patient and the Weather. Volume IV, part 3: Organic Disease; Surgical Problems.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;63(6):1236-1237. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00180230221019

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The material for this massive work, dealing with the effect of the weather on the human system, has been carefully compiled and painstakingly arranged. However, one must be a meteorologist to appreciate its value fully.

This book is of interest to the general practitioner as it covers such subjects as infection, inflammation, ulcers, disease of the gallbladder, pancreatitis and ectopic pregnancy. Here and there the author has added numerous graphs, which he has taken great pains to prepare.

The author considers all illnesses and pathologic conditions as due to changes in temperature, polar fronts and other meteorologic factors. This, of course, is not medically scientific, as no reference is made to the bacteriologic or to the pathologic aspects of the various conditions described.

The reviewer of this monograph cannot recommend it as a textbook. However, it is worthy of reading and rereading so that some idea can be obtained of

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