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In the mid 1970s I read a short story on time travel. Pretty sure it was English, ie. written and set in England early twentieth century perhaps Scotland.

It was slightly quirky in that it described the result of a potion or tablet or medicine where your experience of movement didn’t appear affected, but everything else, especially people appeared to be moving very slowly.

Pretty sure kids/young adults book of short stories and the main character was a boy. I reckon it asked the people doing this to consider the side affect of rapid aging.

That’s it, the biggest impact I recall was it made me think of things from a different perspective and to use anything special you may have with care.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F! You might try checking out the guide to writing good identification questions in case it triggers some additional details. If I understand your question correctly, actual time travel isn't involved, just a different experience of time? – DavidW Dec 13 '18 at 12:08
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There have been quite a few stories on that theme, but given the early twentieth century English setting, you may be thinking of "The New Accelerator", a 1901 short story by H. G. Wells, available at Project Gutenberg.

Plot summary from Wikipedia:

"The New Accelerator" is a 1901 science fiction short story by H. G. Wells. The story addresses an elixir, invented by a Prof. Gibberne, that accelerates all of an individual's physiological and cognitive processes by some orders of magnitude, such that although the individual perceives no change in themselves, the external world appears almost frozen into immobility and only the motion of most rapidly moving objects - such as the tip of a cracked whip - can be perceived.

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