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August 3, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(5):397-398. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710050051028

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The Noise Evil  The Berlin Aerztekammer, or chamber of physicians, has drawn up and adopted the following resolutions:1. Noise constitutes not merely an annoyance; it frequently becomes one of the social causes of disease.2. Under this head may be distinguished industrial noise, traffic noise and dwelling noise.3. Industrial noise may be injurious to the workmen themselves or to the neighbors residing in the vicinity; traffic noise may be harmful to traffic employees, passengers and persons residing near traffic lanes; dwelling noise may have an injurious effect on the occupants of the dwelling and on the neighbors.4. According to law, a distinction is made between noise that constitutes an annoyance and noise that is a menace to health. The decision as to whether given noises are merely annoying or whether they are injurious to health should be left not so much to the technical expert as to

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