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September 20, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(12):922-923. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660120038013

Fatigue is a phenomenon experienced so frequently among men that a definition of it scarcely seems necessary. Work is succeeded by weariness in the daily life of most of us; and the mere reminder of "that tired feeling" is often sufficient to promote an interest in short cuts to recuperation. The problem of fatigue is one that concerns the employer of labor who may fail to secure a satisfactory day's output from his employee, if the activity of the latter is speeded up beyond a rate that is unduly fatiguing. The schoolmaster can make little satisfactory progress with fatigued school children; hence he must endeavor to avert conditions that demonstrably produce deterioration with respect to the ability to perform the tasks of learning. The physician rarely carries a patient through any considerable period of illness without receiving repeated reminders of what weariness as well as weakness means to the sick.