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April 15, 1944

Tuberculosis, Labor and Management: A Guide to Industrial Relations

JAMA. 1944;124(16):1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850160068038

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Because tuberculosis is most prevalent in the wage earning class, it is an industrial health problem and can be met better by cooperation of management, employees and physicians than by charity or governmental regimentation. Case finding by universal x-raying is the first step. This pamphlet is a practical guide to the ways in which this beginning can be made. It tells how to approach management, unions, the public, governmental agencies involved and the medical profession to secure acceptance. Recent changes in industrial medicine, of which the contribution of the Council on Industrial Health of the American Medical Association is noted, and the spread of collective bargaining, with greater recognition of the need of health measures by organized labor, have helped to smooth the way for tuberculosis surveys. Estimates of the cost of such surveys are given, the relation to workmen's compensation explained and a program of conducting surveys set forth,

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