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August 3, 1918


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JAMA. 1918;71(5):336-338. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600310014005

Industrial medicine, in its modern acceptance, is a new field of endeavor. Within the past half decade we have seen it develop from a discredited branch to one deserving and receiving the highest respect and recognition. We have, during this time, seen the day of the old-time company physician pass and the day of the modern, highly trained, industrial medical specialist arrive.

This transition has been so rapid, the growth so wonderful, and its establishment so speedy, that the term modern industrial medicine does not mean industrial medicine as it was practiced a year or two ago. Our ideals of yesterday are obsolete today, and we have vision and faith to believe that our dreams of today will be realized tomorrow.

It is only a few years ago that there came on the industrial horizon a few physicians of a new type These men possessed foresight. They had a perspective

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