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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 22 2009

TO INCREASE THE HOURS OF DAYLIGHT

JAMA. 2009;302(4):445. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.983

The interesting proposal to advance the time of day one hour in May and change back again in October is receiving much attention in this country. We have already commented on the British bill, which seems likely to pass. We now learn that a similar bill before the Canadian parliament is almost unanimously supported, while France is about to take up the matter, and one American city is in the throes of discussing the adoption of the plan without waiting for the rest of the country. The National Daylight Association, however, is making a serious proposal to secure this change throughout the United States. There is little to be said against the proposal and very much in its favor, and physicians will no doubt do what they can to further the project. It will certainly be an improvement if we can take more of our sleep in darkness and more of our waking hours in daylight.

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