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Workmen's Compensation Acts: Trauma and Arthritis. —
As the result of a cave-in in the mine in which Duchant was working he fractured several ribs and two of the dorsal vertebrae. He was hospitalized for two and one-half months and his employer paid him compensation. At the time of the accident, however, he was suffering from an advanced and quite generalized progressive hypertrophic arthritis of the thoracic and lumbar spine. When he was discharged from the hospital his employer put him at light work, which he performed with great difficulty because of pain in his back and shoulders caused by a stiff or "poker" spine. Alleging that the accident had aggravated his arthritic condition, he brought proceedings under the Minnesota compensation act but the industrial commission denied him compensation. He then appealed to the Supreme Court of Minnesota.When Duchant, said the Supreme Court of Minnesota, was discharged from the
Medicolegal. JAMA. 1935;105(5):390. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760310064040