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May 2, 1942

Occupational Diseases: Diagnosis, Medicolegal Aspects and Treatment

JAMA. 1942;119(1):113. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830180115029

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The effects of environment on health, and particularly of occupation on morbidity and mortality, have intrigued the curiosity of many astute medical observers. Under this traditional form of self improvement the medical and allied professions have accumulated a body of information designed to recognize and manage individual examples of intoxication or other ill effects of uncontrolled working environment. This volume on the occupational diseases is the best compilation to date of verified and practical experience in the fields of diagnostic and remedial industrial medicine. It still leaves for other hands or future editions of the book to develop in much stronger terms the important concept that the hope of industrial medical service lies in prevention. This attitude can hardly be developed in professional minds through relatively inconspicuous discussions of prophylaxis under treatment. The last few decades have witnessed an enormous acceleration of scientific interest in the prevention of occupational disease,

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