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July 28, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(4):285-286. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750300059042

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Workmen's Compensation Acts: Hernia Attributed to Overexertion.—  In the course of his employment, Feb. 4, 1932, Peterson and two fellow workmen moved a metal tank, weighing about 5 tons, along a concrete floor, by means of steel rollers placed under it and shoved forward by steel pinch bars 6 feet in length. This work required much exertion and energy in pulling and lifting. At times the bars would slip, causing strain to the bodies of the workmen. When the noon hour came, Peterson, who had theretofore been an active man and quick in his movements, was observed to leave his work very slowly. He made no statement at the time of having been injured, but his face was purple or bluish. Between 12:30 and 1 o'clock he was heard to call for help and was found in his automobile, parked nearby, sitting or lying on the back seat, with his

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