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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 5, 2008


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2008;299(9):1079. doi:10.1001/jama.299.9.1079-b

Myron Metzenbaum, M.D., Cleveland, Ohio.

For most city physicians the electric is the preferable auto. It is safe in the hands of the child and the aged; it starts quietly, runs smoothly, responds easily, stops quickly; it will not strain, but rest, the nerves. With ordinary care the electric will not skid in rainy, sleety, or snowy days, when gasoline cars are but seldom seen. The life of an electric machine is longer than that of the best hand-made carriage, since it is not subjected to the bump which a carriage undergoes, nor to the continuous throbbing of machinery which the gasoline car endures. The replacing of worn-out parts and reassembling of a gasoline car will require as many days as the same process on an electric car will require in hours. At the end of the third or fourth season, the electric machine will not have depreciated over 50 per cent., while the gasoline car will have but little value left.

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