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October 1939


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and the Department of Pathology of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1939;30(4):549-556. doi:10.1001/archotol.1939.00650060595006

A vast literature deals with climate in general terms. In the past, physicians have thought in terms of long-continued effects on the human organism and therefore of climate rather than weather. One of the real difficulties with the meteoropathologic literature is the fact that it almost invariably deals in general terms. More recently, the climatic factor as expressed in the weather and the season has begun to receive considerable attention. Huntington1 in particular has studied the role of the American climate in a whole series of human reactions. Dexter2 has described the associations of weather and behavior and Mills3 the importance of the storm track for a variety of diseases. Petersen4 has dealt exhaustively with the day by day influence of weather on the normal person and on the patient.

Since the weather and the season function together as perhaps the most important environmental factor from the time a human