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July 30, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(13):1199. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960130053026

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To the Editor:—  I have read with interest the splendid editorial entitled "Wanted—Safety Devices for Automobile Passengers" (The Journal, June 11, 1955, page 482). All that was said is worthy of much consideration, but to my opinion the basic cause of many of these hazards has not been presented, namely, terrific speed. I graduated from Rush Medical College in 1894 and am still in active work in Terre Haute, Ind., at age 83.I have been in my present offices 58 years and have never been ill from the office in all these 61 years of practice. I had the first electric auto in Terre Haute and one of the first gas cars in the city. In all that time I never had one accident; I seldom exceed 55 miles per hour. I was never late for an appointment and never lost a patient from slow transportation. The point I am

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