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December 17, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(25):2127-2128. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740770057023

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Congress on the Medical Aspects of Work  The tenth Congresso nazionale di medicina del lavoro was held at Milan, at the university, under the presidency of Professor Devoto.

INTELLECTUAL WORK  The official speakers on the first main topic, "Intellectual Work," were Prof. Luigi Ferrannini, clinician at the University of Bari, and Prof. Sante De Sanctis, psychiatrist of Rome. Ferrannini demonstrated that the nervous impulse is accompanied, if repeated, by manifestations of fatigue that cannot be ascribed solely to mental functions but find their expression also in various organs and systems. Nerve tissue is highly resistant to fatigue, but fatigue may cause true changes that at first are only functional. Numerous researches on the behavior of the pulse, the peripheral capillary circulation, the respiratory rhythm, the gastric secretion, and the like, have shown clearly that cerebral work may influence all the functions of the human organism. There is also a true

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