Medicine: Cuckoo, Jug-Jug

One day in Chicago last week the thermometer registered a balmy 62°. That cut no ice with Bioclimatician William Ferdinand Petersen, Chicago pathologist. For 25 years he has been studying the medical fata morgana of the decisive effects of weather and sunspots on human beings. His latest book about them: Man—Weather and Sun. He is definitely against spring (TIME, March 25, 1946). This week he broke out again in his annual rash of anti-spring fever: United Press and This Week carried thunderhead interviews.

More people, said Petersen, kill themselves, go insane or die of natural causes during April, May and June than...

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