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October 12, 1940


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JAMA. 1940;115(15):1237-1239. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810410003002

From the beginning let it be remembered that this paper is not concerned primarily with "opportunities for industrial physicians." I shall principally consider the opportunities which await the rank and file physician, the general practitioner, in his contact with industry. Let it also be remembered that no facts or percentages which have been gathered in the many studies in this field can be regarded as strictly accurate; no specific figures exist, and it is possible to regard percentages given as indicating only general trends. What is this "industry" that is discussed so casually? Industry is composed of approximately 18 or 20 million human beings who are scattered in groups of various sizes throughout the length and breadth of the country. These individuals are engaged in every conceivable type of occupation and they are working in every conceivable environment. The Council on Industrial Health has listed 241 establishments which employ more

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