The Climatic Causation of Consumption.
To the Editor:
—I have been anxious to read Dr. Baker's paper upon "Climatic Causation of Consumption " ever since I first heard about it. At Newport, during the last meeting of the Association, a friend saluted me with "Doctor, your avocation is busted. Go home and take down your shingle, Baker, of Michigan, has just read a paper proving that consumption is caused by cold, dry air," Now, it is not because of any fear of this jocose prediction being realized that I am writing to you, but for the reason that I was kept from hearing Dr. Baker's views by having to read a paper myself in another Section. I suppose my medical friend has voiced the expectation of others who know me that I would answer such an argument, coming from one who has both time and statistical data at his command for