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September 14, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(11):905-906. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600370043016

Real efficiency, not the efficiency that comes from destroying one's competitors or undermining them by intrigue, but the wholesome kind of efficiency that is signalized by a maximal continuous output of high quality, is today demanded by the world more than ever before. Many factors influence human working powers, and the scientific analysis and evolution of these factors can hardly be said to have gone beyond the initial stage. It is even now clearly seen, however, that one very important handicap to the attainment of efficiency is the production of excessive fatigue by excessive work. A paper recently prepared by the Divisional Committee on Industrial Fatigue for the use of manufacturers in the present emergency embodies a series of clear statements of the ways in which industrial fatigue interferes with maximal output and of the best known methods for reducing fatigue.1

Many administrators, writers and other sedentary workers have