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January 25, 1941

Diseases of Workers

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The Latin Text of De Morbis Artificum [by] Bernardini Ramazzini, 1713, revised, with translations and notes by Wilmer Cave Wright. The History of Medicine Series issued under the auspices of the Library of the New York Academy of Medicine, Number 7. Cloth. Price, $5. Pp. 549, with 3 illustrations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1940.

JAMA. 1941;116(4):354. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820040088038

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Bernardino Ramazzini (1633-1714), professor of the theory of medicine at Modena and of practical medicine at Padua, is distinguished as the author of the first important treatise on occupational diseases. Readers of this excellent translation will find his work comprehensive, solicitous for the welfare even of cleaners of privies and cesspits, keen in the search for the physical causes of the afflictions of workmen, and alert to suggest methods of prevention. He evidently was a good observer and an excellent judge of human kind; witness the pungent remark concerning farmers: "It follows that in my opinion men of this class should be treated by the direct and summary method; any other that is roundabout and calls for an outfit of various sorts gradually consumes the strength of these peasant folk: 'Who seeks to cure but makes it worse.' " Mrs. Wright, who translated the De contagione of Fracastorius, is professor emeritus

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