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December 3, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(23):1984-1986. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330230042015

CHRONIC ANTIMONY POISONING AMONG TYPESETTERS  The occupational diseases form a group of disorders which have not received the attention which their importance merits. Too often it happens that the physician is satisfied with an indefinite or incomplete statement from the patient as to the nature of his vocation or calling. A fact of prime etiologic significance is thus lost and the patient is the sufferer in more than one particular. In considering the common occupational diseases there is also the danger of assuming that atypical symptoms are unusual manifestations of the suspected cause. Further inquiry might elicit valuble clues.This is well illustrated by the recent studies of Strumpf and Zabel,1 who have been in a position to follow carefully the physical condition of a large number of typesetters in Strassburg, Germany. One thing which impressed them was the rarity of typical cases of lead-poisoning. They observed, however, with great

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