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May 18, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XII(20):704-705. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400970020006

The intensity with which Americans apply themselves to business is everywhere proverbial. Gigantic corporations, manufacturing and commercial industries, and business demands of every sort, lay upon men burdens too heavy to be borne. As a result, vast numbers succumb prematurely and seek medical advice as to the best means for relief. Absolute rest is the obvious necessity, and so the mountain air, the sea-side resort, or the ocean voyage, is the thing enjoined. The advice was timely and wise, and the results are usually highly satisfactory.

Now it often happens that the very same advice which the doctor gives to his patients should be followed by himself. From labors so imperative and so exacting, duty to himself, to his family, and to his patients, often requires that a physician shall religiously set aside a brief portion of each year that he may turn aside and rest awile. The prescription which