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November 25, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(22):1737-1738. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740470051021

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The Examination of Automobile Drivers  A convention was held in Paris, during the annual automobile show, to consider the problems affecting the "safety of the highways." In addition to discussions about automobile brakes, modes of illumination, signals and road signs, an entire section was devoted to discussing the medical examination of drivers of automobiles. Numerous accidents are, no doubt, due to the bad physical condition of the drivers manifested in such ways as poor vision or hearing, dizziness due to circulatory disorders, epilepsy, nervous disorders or alcoholism. As far back as 1923, the Academy of Medicine demanded that persons affected with serious organic defects be not permitted to drive an automobile. That resolution had no direct effect. Mr. André Tardieu, during the period that he served as minister of public works, was asked, in 1927, on the floor of parliament, by a member of the chamber of deputies, whether it

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