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November 29, 1919

THE EIGHT HOUR DAY

JAMA. 1919;73(22):1717. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610480067031

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I have translated the following statement from the issue of La Presse médicale just received. I believe it might well be published in The Journal.

THE EIGHT HOUR DAY—A FRENCH MEDICAL 

INTERPRETATION  "No sound comes from the press. In parliament an individual rises and says, 'The Labor Party desires an eight hour day.'"Immediately deputies, senators, they of the left, of the center, of the north, they who follow the red flag and they of the tricolor, all cry with one voice, "Demos has spoken! What he wishes shall be done." "Amen," says Clemenceau. And the law is voted."The vote is characteristic of the psychology of modern parlimentarism. Political science, difficult and understood only by economists and by the wise, demands reflection, calculation of the moral and economic consequences which a law will effect and provision in it against counter-strokes and reaction. But politics is no

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