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December 9, 1905

WHAT IS "THE PACE THAT KILLS"?

JAMA. 1905;XLV(24):1805. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510240037009

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Abstract

This question has been correctly answered a good many times, so that its revival would seem superfluous were it not for the fact that the terms of the problem are continually forgotten. Recent statistics in our two largest and most "strenuous" cities have appeared to show that the mortality from diseases of the nervous system is not increasing. Still, it is much the fashion to charge premature and unanticipated deaths to "the strenuous life" and to "the hurried life." Newspapers, and even some medical men, read into these unfortunate mischances a meaning that rather appeals to our national pride. We are gravely told that the hurry and strain of American commercial life are reaping a harvest of premature decay and death. Of course, if this deduction is warranted by the facts, the "captains of industry," great and small, must be the chief sufferers. But, as a matter of common observation,

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