Edward S. F. Arnold
On Medical Provision for Railroad Accidents
Examiner Printing Office
Railroad technology allowed for the development of faster and heavier locomotives hauling more and heavier cars at greater frequencies than before. Accidents were inevitable. By the 1860’s railroad accidents were injuring or killing scores of passengers and crew each year. Arnold proposed a novel solution, have surgeons living along railroad lines be “on call” to respond to railroad accidents and provide care and treatment on site, a forerunner of today’s emergency medical services.