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April 1, 1974

The Gasoline Shortage and The Physician

JAMA. 1974;228(1):77. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230260051029

As mentioned earlier in the Journal,1 snuggling, as a means of coping with the energy crisis, if synchronized and intensive enough, could very well lead to a series of pregnant women going into labor at the same time. Since this wouldn't occur for at least nine months or more, obstetricians would have time to arrange car pools for getting to the hospital to deliver the babies. However, should all this planning fail, the physician will have to be prepared to travel to the hospital without waiting for other car pool members. William Simon should not be left with the impression that snuggling can solve all of the problems arising from the fuel shortage.

If and when gasoline rationing is put into effect, special provisions must be made for the medical profession. Physicians must have a car available at all times in order to attend to emergencies, to see patients