October 14, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(16):1238-1239. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740410040011

Modern chemical industry in its many branches contributes greatly to the comforts and even luxuries of life. At the same time it introduces new hazards to health and even to life. While these hazards arise primarily in industry and can there be minimized by adequate precautions, safety supervision and compensation for injuries, they now invade nearly every American home; and in the home there is little protection and no compensation for injuries. New solvents for cleaning purposes, new forms of paint, new refrigerants for gas and electrical refrigerators, new drugs, new textiles to imitate silk and other fabrics, and new materials for a wide variety of other uses are already generally introduced. More are appearing constantly to improve or replace the materials formerly used. Some of these materials appear to be entirely harmless; others are distinctly poisonous. This defect, however, should not prevent their use for proper purposes with adequate

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