Medicine: Man of Aran

Doctors have always had a well-founded suspicion that some mysterious property in the air affects people's health. Many a European surgeon avoids operations on days when the south wind blows (some think hemorrhages and serious clots are more common on those days). In Alpine sanatoriums. tuberculosis patients are said to get worse when a warm, moist wind is blowing. Allergists are sure that hay fever and some other allergic diseases are airborne.

But last week medicos were flabbergasted by a new air theory so highly inflated that it promised to be either one of...

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