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December 18, 1915

THE KINETIC DRIVE: ITS PHENOMENA AND ITS CONTROL

JAMA. 1915;LXV(25):2129-2138. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580250001001
Abstract

CLEVELAND  INTRODUCTIONThe species of animal now dominating the earth more completely than any other is at this moment in a state of abnormal activity — the back-wash of the European war is seen in the quickened pulse everywhere even in this land. Not only in war, but in peace also, the complicated machinery of civilization created by man often drives him to his own destruction. Nowhere is this industrial and commercial driving more intense than in this city. It has occurred to me, therefore, that it might be interesting to attempt an analysis of the mechanism by which this speeding is accomplished, and relate it to the speeding which is due to other stimuli such as infections, autointoxication, physical injury, etc. Since the process of speeding is identical with that of the transformation of potential into kinetic energy, the state of increased energy transformation might fittingly be called

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