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    This is a timely discussion as I have been working at a physical therapy clinic
    this summer and have noted the number of patients who relate their discomfort to
    the weather. One patient brought in a summary of an article from the NY Times
    dated April 3rd 1996 that discussed a study (sorry, no reference available) by
    a psychologist named Tversky and an internist at the U. of Toronto named
    Redelmeir. They followed 18 arthritic patients for 15 months assessing pain,
    joint tenderness, and functional status along with weather information. Their
    conclusion was that weather did not influence patient's symptomology.

    John A. Sigg
    Ithaca College

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