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To the Editor.—
The physician's time is a subject of increasing importance. To a professor of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief of an active children's hospital, time is the most valuable commodity. It is often difficult to find time for "routine" but necessary activities, such as haircuts. During a 1.5-year period (January 1969 through June 1970), a record of the amount of time expended in obtaining my haircuts was maintained.Although I have no particular tonsorial demands or eccentricities, I usually obtain haircuts at the same barbershop. The barbershop is located 7.1 miles from my office and is not operated by appointment.As shown in the Table, a total of 24 haircuts was obtained during this 18-month period. Once when I was particularly "shaggy," I prevailed on the volunteer barber for hospitalized children to cut my hair in the office at the usual fee after completion of his primary mission, at the
Riley HD. Health Manpower: Physician Time Expended in Obtaining Haircuts. JAMA. 1970;214(10):1890. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180100080030