Volume 10, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In this book the author gives an objective account of the various factors involved in the production of the subjective sensation of sultriness and swelter. This difficult task is achieved by means of a thorough analysis of the meteorological components of macroclimate and microclimate and the physiological responses they elicit in man and animals. The term “Schwülekrankheiten” (diseases of swelter) is introduced, comprising all known disorders caused by heat, without separating them into distinct entities but considering them as different degrees of pathological response to varying atmospheric conditions. The disregard of the later literature on pathogenesis of disorders caused by heat, especially the recent work on the role of the endocrine system, is regretfully noted. The book contains many interesting personal observations on man and animals under the stress of heat and swelter and offers physiopathological hypotheses for the origin of these conditions, pointing out the need for experimental confirmation.


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