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November 10, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(19):1610-1611. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590460036010

Any one who makes even a casual inspection of a considerable variety of industries in this country must become convinced that despite the growing attention paid to the dangers of occupational conditions, there is still enormous room for improvement and reform. Too few of the industries in which workmen are menaced by harmful dusts, fumes or gases take cognizance of the menace to the extent of providing adequate safeguards, especially if they are not enforced by direct provision of the law. Industrial hygiene is still scarcely beyond its beginnings in many factories of this country.

An illustration of an industry that might have been expected to make better provision against dangers that must long have appeared obvious to even the uninitiated is furnished by recent investigations under the direction of the New York State Department of Labor2 regarding dangers in the manufacture of Paris green and Scheele's green. These

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