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May 13, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1065. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460049015

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The Philadelphia Medical Journal enters a protest against parades, especially when they block traffic for three-quarters of an hour, as was the case in Philadelphia the day the Grant statue was unveiled. The editor says he is not opposed to parades, per se, but speaks in the interest of the poor unfortunate who must stay in bed and suffer while the soldiers and bands march on. These invalids require attendance, "doctors must be on the go; consultations must be met; hospitals must be visited; operations must be performed and women must be confined." While we agree with the Journal that these parades are a nuisance under such circumstances, and that an opening should be made for physicians when making urgent calls, still we can not help suggesting to our confrère that he might find a remedy by going to some city where the people are not so slow in their

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