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April 30, 1955


Author Affiliations

East Peoria, Ill.

Medical Director, Caterpillar Tractor Company.

JAMA. 1955;157(18):1592-1593. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950350006003

The impact of medicine on industry has been so well established that there can be no returning, for industries with well-established medical programs are continuously searching for more ways of utilizing the potentialities that make for optimum health in all facets of their organization. Medicine's contribution to industry lies particularly in the fields of prevention and medical education, with the benefits thus derived extending to the family physician and the community at large.

Physicians feel that any financial advantage that might accrue as a result of an adequate medical program should be considered a by-product, for the main purpose of good medical services is not to make money but to make health. However, industrial medicine does save funds in the following ways: 1. Prompt treatment prevents infections and other complications, thereby shortening the length of the disability. 2. It helps control medical, hospital, and insurance expenses. 3. Good medical care

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