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February 11, 1956


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

JAMA. 1956;160(6):442-448. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960410018004

• A study of the causes of cutaneous disease disclosed evidence of occupational origin in almost 50%. Of these, several hundred were caused by repeated exposure to primary irritants such as acids and organic solvents, but no case of occupational dermatosis resulted in permanent disability. Dermatitis also resulted from single, nonhabitual injuries such as splashing and physical trauma. This included some cases of eczematous dermatitis from occlusive dressings. Patch tests were frequently found to have been misused or misinterpreted. When change of work was not possible, improved techniques and attention to hygiene usually enabled the worker to return to his job without recurrence of symptoms.