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November 29, 1947

Fire Fighters' Occupational Diseases

JAMA. 1947;135(13):876-877. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890130066033

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This volume deals with the occupational diseases of fire fighters and presents a collection of case histories illustrative of occupational factors. The authors take the position that in the past the occupational aspects of certain diseases of fire fighters have not received adequate recognition in many instances and that the sequelae of seemingly minor accidents have not always been accorded merited attention from the occupational point of view. The mainpurpose of the textbook is to promote a medically sound and thorough system for the recognition of such occupational diseases as a basis for just action in claims for compensation.

The first five chapters are concerned with the most commonly occurring disease, namely, that pertaining to the heart. Coronary thrombosis, valvular disease and chronic myocarditis are discussed and case histories cited. To this reviewer certain statements in this connection appear questionable, such as the following: that carbon monoxide poisoning will produce

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