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November 1961

Modern Occupational Medicine

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(5):804. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620110144023

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Like many books with multiple contributors, this one suffers from unevenness in the quality of the chapters presented and in spottiness in covering the field. There is a detailed and excellent survey on occupational chest diseases, but also almost no mention of other organ systems. The chapters on psychiatry are of variable usefulness, but some very interesting concepts unique to industrial psychiatry are explained. Psychosomatic dermatology is well covered, but other psychosomatic areas are barely touched. In spite of a large section on psychiatry and another complete chapter on safety, there is practically no mention of accident-proneness, which it would appear would have an important role in this section. Some of the chapters are so elementary as to be not very helpful but others are at a high level of sophistication and practicality.

There are certain contributions in this book which one does not ordinarily find regarding the problems of

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