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April 1, 1911

COMPRESSED-AIR ILLNESS AND ITS PREVENTION

JAMA. 1911;LVI(13):968. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560130032015
Abstract

In the evolution of industry, which more than anything else characterizes our present age, preventive medicine is assuming greater and greater importance; and in no special province is this truer than in the fields of engineering, where not only the problems of tropical sanitation, but the details of more ordinary undertakings, are being subjected to medical supervision. Embodied in a report to the governor of Illinois by a Commission on Occupational Diseases,1 is a discussion by Bassoe of caisson disease, which well illustrates this phase of modern medicine. Although the occurrence of compressed-air disease has long been known, the increasing frequency of work that requires continued use of high air pressure makes this an important industrial disease, and Bassoe's report on its occurrence in Illinois, which includes a summary of our present knowledge, is well calculated to serve as a basis for its better control.

For a theoretical study

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