JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
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.
SCIENCE AND REST.SCIENCE AND REST.. JAMA. 2003;289(10):1320. doi:10.1001/jama.289.10.1320-a