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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 28, 2001

PHYSICIANS AND THE AUTOMOBILE.

Author Affiliations
 

JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2001;285(12):1552. doi:10.1001/jama.285.12.1552-JJY10006-2-1

CHATTANOOGA, TENN., March 11, 1901.

To the Editor:—I notice an inquiry in the issue of THE JOURNAL dated March 9, from Dr. H. S. J., Lead, S. D., relative to the best automobile to be used in the physician's practice, and in answer I wish to say that I have tried the three different kinds of motive power, and find that the steam vehicle is by all means the nicest and most practicable for use under all circumstances, because it can be depended on at all times. It is freer from noise than the electric or gasoline-propelled machine, will climb any grade and never balks, can be repaired by any mechanic, is easily and quickly gotten ready and not easy to get out of order. I have a steam vehicle with which I have climbed Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Walden's Ridge, been all over Chicamauga Park a number of times, been over all kinds of country roads, and fifty-six miles into the country on one charge. All of these trips were made without a single mishap. There is not the vibration or jolting peculiar to the gasoline-propelled machine, and it glides along as easily as could be desired. The electric vehicle can only be used successfully in cities, and then where stations for recharging are convenient. Gasolin can be gotten at any country store; that and water is all you need for a steam vehicle. I have made over thirty miles an hour with mine, have had it for nine months in constant use, while it is as good as new now and has cost me nothing for repairs.—D. E. N.

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