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The growing interdependence between industrial medicine, community medical services and public health administration was never more clearly demonstrated than in the negotiations resulting in the National Bituminous Coal Mines Wage Agreement. The terms of this contract between the mine workers and the government acting as operator of the soft coal mines are well known. They range from long overdue revision of safety codes and workmen's compensation benefits to direct participation by the union in the administration of funds for medical and hospital care and for general welfare. The medical profession seems to be sympathetic to all bona fide efforts to improve working and living conditions. The Council on Industrial Health, the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association have approved the general policy of cooperative industrial health planning by management, labor and medicine, provided scientific and ethical standards are maintained.
The results of the
HEALTH AND WELFARE IN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS. JAMA. 1946;132(13):788. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870480034011