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October 23, 1943


JAMA. 1943;123(8):476-480. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.82840430003008

It is a commonplace fact that the nation's present circumstances of living and working have greatly multiplied both the quantity and the continuity of noise. At the same time justification for noise seems better established so that indignation, however warranted, meets some disfavor. If the period of national stress may so accentuate the ill effects of noise that a disturbed people will demand and secure relief both for the duration of the conflict and thereafter, at least one constructive end will have been attained.

When expanded industrial plants operate on three shifts instead of the customary one day-shift, their contribution to the noise and the ill effects of noise throughout the community may be enormously increased. Automobile traffic may be as heavy at midnight as at 5 in the afternoon. Increased numbers of streetcars, replacing unfueled automobiles and operating continuously, may make both days and nights unendurable. Recreation through noisy

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