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The Physiology of Fatigue

    Naturevolume 98pages353354 (1917) | Download Citation



    ONE effect of the war has been to increase the strain thrown upon industrial workers as a result of longer working hours and insufficient holidays, and efforts are being made not only to counteract the ill-effects of extreme physical fatigue, but also to devise means for the recognition of fatigue and to study the conditions under which it occurs. The latter aspect of the question is dealt with by Prof. Kent in a report on industrial fatigue recently issued by the Home Office.1 For this purpose Prof. Kent employed as tests of the occurrence of fatigue, in the first place, alterations in the length of the reaction time and in the visual and auditory acuity of the worker, and, in the second place, the influence of overtime upon the actual output of the worker. A number of workers were examined, the observations in some cases extending over several weeks.

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