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A proposition that will receive cordial endorsement of medical men has been made to arrange for "zones of quiet" in our large cities, in the neighborhood of hospitals, etc., where the ordinary and extraordinary street noises will be hushed and invalids and nervous individuals be relieved from their constant irritation. The idea is an excellent one; the trouble is that it not more generally practicable. Many of our city noises are needless and should be suppressed; others are almost unavoidable and their general suppression out of the question. As cities grow, care may be taken to divert traffic and noise-making factories from the vicinities of hospitals, and further to locate new institutions so that the problem of noise can be controlled perpetually.
NOISES AND THEIR SUPPRESSION.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(4):332. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530040044009