Lice, Weather, Napoleon, Minard's chart, Tufte
Tue, 10 Jan 2006 02:57:34 PST
In a message dated 1/9/2006 11:52:31 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:
The louse-spread diseases spread much more easily when  weather is very
cold and people huddle together to keep warm. So, the cold  weather did

Napoleon had lost almost 65% of his half  million member invasion force by 
September 7 (Battle of Borodino), prior to the  cold weather setting in.   
Anyone who has been in the armed forces  knows that soldiers are continually in 
close proximity to other soldiers, cold  weather was not a significant factor in 
the spread of louse vectored diseases  during the 1812 campaign.
See Minard's famous statistical graphic chart in Tufte's first book or on  
the web at:

Mark  Mazer
Intarsia Ltd.
Gaylordsville, Connecticut 06755-0142

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