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Health Manpower: Physician Time Expended in Obtaining Haircuts

Harris D. Riley Jr., MD
JAMA. 1970;214(10):1890. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180100080030.
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To the Editor.—  The physician's time is a subject of increasing importance. To a professor of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief of an active children's hospital, time is the most valuable commodity. It is often difficult to find time for "routine" but necessary activities, such as haircuts. During a 1.5-year period (January 1969 through June 1970), a record of the amount of time expended in obtaining my haircuts was maintained.Although I have no particular tonsorial demands or eccentricities, I usually obtain haircuts at the same barbershop. The barbershop is located 7.1 miles from my office and is not operated by appointment.As shown in the Table, a total of 24 haircuts was obtained during this 18-month period. Once when I was particularly "shaggy," I prevailed on the volunteer barber for hospitalized children to cut my hair in the office at the usual fee after completion of his primary mission, at the


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