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May 18, 1935

Skin Hazards in American Industry

JAMA. 1935;104(20):1850. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760200072032

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Month by month new evidences arise that the commonest practical causes of occupational diseases are to be found in the large group of substances acting on the skin. It is possible that the total list of individual substances leading to industrial dermatoses may exceed 700. This brochure of the United States Public Health Service contributes many new items to the already long list of skin irritants and sensitizers. The title of the publication possibly might lead the reader to expect a general discussion of the skin hazards of all American industry. Instead, it is made up of a series of little related chapters covering investigations of dermatitis in rubber, oil refining, synthetic dye manufacturing, candy making, silk throwsters, linseed oil manufacture, perfume making, and the pyrethrum insecticide industry. The chapters on dermatitis in the rubber industry and dermatitis in synthetic dye manufacturing stand out as superior. All these publications well

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