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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 12, 2003


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

JAMA. 2003;289(10):1320. doi:10.1001/jama.289.10.1320-a

An opportunity to escape from the turmoil of this commercial world is often eagerly sought by the physician no less than by others. With the omnipresent mail and telegraph pursuing him, he begins to find it hard to secure a place for quiet recreation. Unless he can take an ocean voyage, the busy physician sometimes solves the problem by stealing away into the wild woods, his location being known to but one trusty friend. An ocean voyage has been long considered an ideal of freedom from care. Here the brain-fagged worker could read no daily paper, hear of no startling crime or commercial upheaval, receive no urgent letter or telegram on business matters, and the days passed amid quiet but novel and interesting scenes. But the quiet of this scene is threatened. We are told that while on her voyage many miles from land a ship received news by wireless telegraphy, a newspaper was printed and laid by the breakfast plates of the passengers. So it may not be long ere the busy physician can take his ocean voyage, but yet not get away from his g. p's. Hawaii, once called "the paradise of the Pacific," and delightfully free from worry because all outside news was at least a week old, is now connected by cable and is no longer in "charming isolation and yet accessibility." Thus by the advance of science the world becomes smaller and smaller until there will be no place left whither weary man may escape for rest.

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