July 2, 1960

The Health of People Who Work

JAMA. 1960;173(9):1046. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020270072026

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This book contains much valuable material and is well indexed, but it consists almost wholly of direct quotations whose lengths do not always correspond with the authority generally accorded their authors. This fact, plus the paucity of references to authoritative statements, could confuse rather than help the reader who seeks guidance in the fundamentals of occupational health.

Unfortunately, the reader who has limited acquaintance with the subject of occupational health is likely to get the impression that this is the same as the "health of people who work." Neither the book nor its references make it sufficiently clear that occupational health is essentially a program of preventive medicine in industry, whereas the "health of people who work" includes also medical care for nonoccupational illnesses and injuries. The failure of this author to consider the health of farm and hospital workers, two large categories of people who work, is unfortunate. Some

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