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October 8, 1932


Author Affiliations

Chief Surgeon and Superintendent, Department of Health, Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

JAMA. 1932;99(15):1215-1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740670003002

As industry has developed, its directing heads have come more and more to realize that the skilled care of the injured employee is only one of a number of medical problems all equally important in the maintenance of a highly skilled and steady working force.

It has been estimated that from 6 to 7 per cent of industrial absenteeism is due to accidents, 3 per cent to occupational disease and the remaining 90 per cent to sickness of nonindustrial origin. The latter class is of tremendous importance as a cause of great loss both to the employer and to the employee.

The problem of the industrial surgeon of today is therefore a far greater one than the relatively simple matter of the handling of trauma, for he should be prepared to handle sanitary, medical and social problems as well, with at least the following aims in mind: The employee must

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