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The hospital's clinical research nurse in toxicology Leonie Calver said the study centred on 91 patients who attended the emergency department, displaying ``violent and acute behavioral disturbance'' between August 2008 and July 2009.
``Of the 91 patients, 21 (23 percent) presented during the full moon _ double the number for other lunar phases,'' Ms Calver said.
Originally posted by D.E.M.
This is an amazing breakthrough in the field of understanding the origin of the werewolf myth, IMO.
Many years before, at the close of the nineteenth century, it had been noted that the earth's normal magnetic field fluctuated with a lunar tidal pattern. This had led Arrhenius to postulate that somehow the cyclic pattern of living things was linked to this environmental parameter (11). Since then other studies have shown how complex and pervasive these rhythms are in the earth's geophysical environment. In particular, Konig had shown in 1959 that the magnitude of the 10 Hz frequency band in the ELF spectrum followed a precise diurnal variation (12 ) .
Originally posted by Seiko
Isn't this more a proof on the etymology of the word "lunatic' then on lycanthropy?
Without going into to much biological detail the moon effects many mammals.
Originally posted by SmokeJaguar67
I noticed this moon madness way back in the times when I used to work as a nightclub bouncer in Glasgow and Edinburgh back in the eighties. It is not new to those who work or have worked with the public but it is great news that it is starting to become more mainstream.