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July 13, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(11):1230. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980110056011

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Recently much publicity has been given to the book "Prolonged Illness-Absenteeism," which was published in April. Some of this publicity implied American Medical Association support for the reported results as well as projected conclusions based on these same results. On page 1256 of this issue of The Journal, the American Medical Association has issued a statement to clarify its position concerning this particular study on long-term illness.

The impact of this particular book may be very important to the medical profession, due to the impression created that prolonged absence from work is a major medical problem. If any conclusion can be drawn from the data presented in this book, it is simply that absence from work is primarily a management problem, of which the medical aspects are only one minor phase. In considering the findings and proposals of the book, one might keep in mind the statement appearing in Business

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