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Mountain Sickness

Nature volume 114, pages 9092 (19 July 1924) | Download Citation



SCIENTIFIC men, according to no less an authority than Longstaffe, were the pioneers of mountain-eering. Its vogue as a sport followed. “During the latter part of the eighteenth century, that great period of awakening interest and research into physical science, mountain ascents were encouraged and performed only by scientific men. Such men, practical observers, and expecting to be severely affected by what we consider to be only moderate diminutions in atmospheric pressure, noted even the smallest abnormal symptoms in themselves. … On the other hand, during the last fifty years mountaineering has become a sport and is practised by a much larger and very different class, although it is true that many men of scientific attainments are to be found among the ranks of the modern mountaineer.”

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