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October 3, 1953


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Occupational Medical Clinic Massachusetts General Hospital Boston 14.

JAMA. 1953;153(5):509. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940220053019

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To the Editor:—  A man-made illness of considerable interest has been reported in the medical literature in this country since 1943 under various titles, in general referring to its association with exposure to certain beryllium compounds. As the years go by, more cases appear from a variety of industrial and research operations using beryllium compounds. With funds supplied by the Atomic Energy Commission, it is planned to develop a beryllium case registry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The purpose of the registry is to facilitate a study of the epidemiology of this disease, an evaluation of the beryllium hazard of incriminated operations, and dissemination of knowledge of the clinical course of beryllium poisoning, especially in relationship to its medical management. The material collected is to be available for study, and from time to time data will be sent to participating physicians summarizing facts that have been established.This description is

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