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August 30, 1913

EPILEPSY AND PARESIS IN RAILWAY ENGINEERS AND FIREMEN

Author Affiliations

ANN ARBOR, MICH.

JAMA. 1913;61(9):655-659. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350090023008
Abstract

Although on several previous occasions medical men have called attention to the fact that epileptics and paretics are among those employed in connection with the running of trains and motor-cars and to the obvious dangers incident thereto, the subject has not apparently been given much consideration by the transportation companies, at least, so far as I have been able to ascertain by questioning the medical men they employ.

My attention was attracted to the subject through seeing three cases of epilepsy and two of paresis in the course of two years in men who were employed either as enginemen or firemen on locomotives.

While this is not a large proportion of the total number of cases of epilepsy and paresis seen by me, the points to be made are that these men were engaged in an occupation that made the disease a distinct menace to the safety of the traveling

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