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December 14, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(24):2087. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810500055017

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Competent industrial health service depends on the availability of physicians adequately trained in industrial medicine, hygiene and traumatic surgery. Ordinarily, however, assistance is necessary from other properly qualified professional personnel. Industrial medical departments provide excellent opportunities to nurses with proper aptitude, good comprehension of public health nursing methods and a sure sense of their own professional limitations. A clinical and administrative assistant of this character will be of immense aid to any industrial physician in the performance of many routine functions which make up the bulk of industrial dispensary procedure. The system works admirably under whole-time industrial physicians or under part-time physicians who spend regular visiting hours at a plant. In the absence of direct medical supervision, written standing orders, properly posted in the plant medical unit, will do much to inhibit assumption of services which require expert medical attention. Unfortunately, many of the smaller plants which have found it

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