JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
An Indiana official has, according to newspaper reports, diagnosed the
cause of the present epidemic of strikes as due to a bacillus. As far as its
prevalence and apparent contagion goes, it would seem to be a rational conclusion
that there is some sort of morbid virus or germ extant that produces the present
outrageous condition of things. The extirpation of this particular germ, however,
is a sociologic problem, not a medical one, except in so far as the mental
condition of the strikers at the present time is a psychologic phenomenon
that deserves some attention by the psychiatrist. There is no question, however,
that if the present febrile movement continues there will be some complications
calling for medical treatment. The enforced idleness of a large number of
working people and their consequent financial embarrassment, will have much
to do in depreciating their bodily welfare, and in causing impairment of natural
immunity. Should the "epidemic" go further, the public at large will suffer.
Great sociologic injury may easily result from extensive stagnation of manufacturing
and other occupations, and the financial condition of the country may thus
be seriously interfered with. These results are an interesting matter for
study, both in their influence on present pathologic conditions of the laboring
classes and on the people as a whole.
Not Available. SUICIDES OF PHYSICIANS AND THE REASONS. JAMA. 2003;290(3):414. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.414-a
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