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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 12, 2002


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JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2002;287(22):2916. doi:10.1001/jama.287.22.2916-JJY20016-3-1

With the beginning of summer the city dweller begins to look forward to his summer outing in the country, and he plans how to escape as much of the heated season in the city as possible. Each year witnesses a more general tendency for business houses to give their employes a chance to spend a short time in the country during the warm months, and a half-holiday on Saturday during the summer has become almost universal. Provisions are made in many cities by which working girls and boys, who are unable to pay for a summer outing in the country at the usual prices, are allowed to obtain it free or at a slight cost. It is impossible to estimate the value which such vacations possess in preserving and restoring health, and if employers fully realized the fact that more and better work can be done by fresh and healthy employes than by exhausted and depressed ones, much more attention would be given to providing the workers with opportunities for more recreation, not only during the summer, but throughout the year, by giving a weekly half-holiday, and by requiring shorter hours of work at such times as business would allow it.

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