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April 9, 1910

THE TEMPTATION TO "SCORCH"

JAMA. 1910;LIV(15):1214. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550410034008

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Abstract

There is probably no profession or occupation that has received more benefit from the advent of the automobile than has the medical profession. The time saved in going about enables the practitioner to widen the area of his activities, to see more patients, and, above all, to have more leisure for study, for reviewing his case histories and for recreation. The recognition of these advantages constitutes a constant temptation to reap more benefit by hurrying while on the road, and the habit of hurrying tends to foster that enjoyment of speed for its own sake which, when unrestrictedly indulged, has been aptly termed the "speed mania." All but the most timid have felt the fascination of speed, and frequent indulgence in this pleasure soon leads to a dissatisfaction with milder paces that it is difficult to disregard. The physician's machine, with its red cross, is almost everywhere somewhat privileged in the

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