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When Europeans Feared the Wind

When Europeans Feared the Wind:

Blustery winter winds may chap your skin and chill your
bones, but in the twenty-first century that’s about as far as most Westerners
will go in blaming them for health troubles. In early modern Europe, however, people attributed all kinds of illnesses to
various sorts of winds, as scholar Vladimir Jankovic explains.

The winds had been part of the Western medical tradition
at least since the ancient Greeks, Jankovic writes. The Hippocratic opus noted
that the winds common to a city affected its inhabitants’ health. Hot winds for
example, were associated with flabby bodies, irritable bowels, and excessive
menstruation. The health effects of wind were also a matter of folk wisdom. As
a popular rhyme had it: “When the wind is in the east / It’s neither good for
man nor beast.”

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Source: Equinox Paranormal

by cnkguy
When Europeans Feared the Wind

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