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Frederick Sargent II

A meteorotropism is described which concerns a correlation between a sequence of weather changes (meteorotropic weather-type) occurring 22 times during the academic years 1935–36 through 1938–39 and the daily incidence of upper respiratory infections among students of the Phillips Exeter Academy (N. H.) for the same period of years. The sequence of weather changes was a major wave in the barometric pressure followed 5.3 days later by a minor wave. The changes in the incidence of upper respiratory infections were a small increase of incidence in association with the major pressure wave followed 5.5 days later by a large increase of incidence in association with the minor pressure wave. The incidence of upper respiratory infections, during these 22 episodes, among 93 young men who were especially susceptible to such infections, varied in the same manner as did the incidence in the total population. Various statistical tests demonstrated that this meteorotropism was real and significant. Although the explanation for the phenomenon could not be offered, the author suggests that it be called the “anaphylactoid meteorotropism.”

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