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August 5, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(6):489-490. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640060071025

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July 14, 1922.

Campaign Against the Noise Evil  When Americans visit Germany, and more particularly, Prussia, they often give expression to their displeasure over the punctilious paternal control by state and municipal officials of all movements and actions of the general public. On one occasion, I heard an American physician express his astonishment on observing that at the railway stations passengers are prevented by the station officials from boarding at the last moment a departing train. He stated that such a thing was unheard of in the United States. In response to my question as to whether there were not accidents as a result of such uncontrolled freedom of movement, he admitted that there were. We may perhaps place in the same category the attempts of the authorities to reduce to a minimum disturbing noises. We have police ordinances and court rulings on which the general public may base claims

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