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December 1937

The Patient and the Weather.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;54(6):1429. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.01980060221016

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Volume IV, part I of this book is concerned chiefly with the reactions of patients having some type of cardiovascular-renal disease to changes in atmospheric environment, particularly to changes in barometric pressure. The first chapter, with the title of "Asclepian Ramble," deals with the meteorologic background of a few dramatic and rather well known cases. A complicated freudian analysis is placed beside a weather report; one is left to judge which is the more likely explanation of laryngitis.

Again one is struck by the author's painstaking attempt to lay all possible cards on the table. He rides his hobby, but is absolutely honest; a reader with an unprejudiced mind must be convinced that great biologic adjustment is demanded by rapid environmental (meteorologic) shifts. In disease, particularly if the heart is involved, an inability to meet this demand is associated with further injury to the organism because of greater interference with

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