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Nine state agencies furnished information for this report on the number of women injured by occupational disease—Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. The study included dry cleaning and nursing and the manufacture of pottery, asbestos, shoes and wood heels. Disabilities of women usually were of a temporary nature. However, in one of the four states giving this type of information 12 of 63 women reported in 1938 suffered injury of a permanent character, and in two states fatalities were reported. Dermatoses were the most common type of disease reported of men and women in each state and comprised a higher percentage of the women's total. Dermatoses were followed by disability from repetitive motion, lead poisoning, volatile solvent poisoning, chrome ulceration, respiratory diseases and contagious diseases among nurses, teachers, household employees and hospital attendants. In all states the percentage of women disabled by occupational disease is
The Occurrence and Prevention of Occupational Diseases Among Women, 1935 to 1938. JAMA. 1941;117(21):1831-1832. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820470079039