Soundings

Travel and tiredness

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7017.1441a (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1441
  1. Tony Smith, associate editor
  1. BMJ

    We all enjoy laughing at the pompous, arrogant assertions made by doctors in the 19th century: they would prescribe complex diets, regulate the patient's intake of coffee and tea as well as alcohol, forbid or encourage exertion, recommend radical surgery--and all this with no research based evidence at all. When the first passenger trains came into operation physicians warned that travel at 30 miles per hour was hazardous to the cardiovascular and nervous systems. Indeed travel was clearly an important factor in the medical assessment of lifestyle; on the one hand victims of tuberculosis and bronchitis were sent on …

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