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July 1938

The Patient and the Weather.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;20(1):162. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850190174023

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In the preceding volumes of this exhaustive monograph the author presented disease-dysfunction-disintegration-organic alteration (pathologic change) as a problem from which the factor of environment is inseparable; in particular, that of meteorologic change. If this is decisive or at least of influence in the precipitation of the actual clinical event, it must be even more significant for the underlying fault, the pathogenesis. It is to be regretted that fundamental work in the relation of constitution and meteorologic environment to surgical conditions has been practically ignored in the English and the American literature. In a chapter devoted to ophthalmologic episodes one learns that the attention of the oculist has naturally been centered wholly on the eye and that the background of constitution, of phase fluctuations in the general organic status and in its adaptation to the environment, has been disregarded. A study of cases of intraocular hemorrhage, optic neuritis,

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