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March 15, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(11):761-771. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.62880110001008

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CHAPTER 19. The Medical Trust and Oligarchy?  1910-19141910


AN AUTOMOBILE NUMBER  By 1910 the motor car had become so definitely an important factor in the practice of medicine that The Journal of the American Medical Association issued its first automobile number. The section of The Journal devoted to this purpose appeared in the issue for April 9, 1910; it was entitled "The Choice and Care of an Automobile." It is, in the light of thirty-seven years of subsequent progress with this important appurtenance of medical practice, one of the most amazing collections of information in world history. There are many pictures of the vehicles of that day and some fascinating records of personal experiences of physicians with their vehicles. One section is devoted wholly to the motorcycle, with some debate as to whether or not doctors would do better with motorcycles than with automobiles. One article defends

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