Elsevier

The Journal of Emergency Medicine

Volume 13, Issue 4, July–August 1995, Pages 529-532
The Journal of Emergency Medicine

Emergency forum
Gravitational effects of the period of high tides and the new moon on lunacy

Abstract

In this report, the established timing of terrestrial tidal gravity fluxes is examined to assess the role of the full moon per se in modern gravitational lunacy theory. The results show that the principal tidal gravity fluxes are semidiurnal, with lesser diurnal and even smaller fortnightly components. There are no uniquely monthly components that would correspond to the period of the full moon. This means that the gravitational effects of the new moon are equivalent to those of the full moon. Furthermore, the gravitational effects asssociated with the times of high tide are even greater than those associated with the moon phases. Using the technique of reductio ad absurdum, I suggest that lunacy effects, if indeed there are any, should occur twice each day (high tides) but should be more pronounced during the new moon and full moon (spring tides). On the basis of this analysis, I would recommend that all studies that have compared hospital records with the full moon be redone to coincide with the proper timing as found in this report.

Keywords

moon
electromagnetic fields
gravity
suicide
accidents
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