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December 23, 1939

Arbeit und Gesundheit: Sozialmedizinische Schriftenreihe aus dem Gebiete des Reichsarbeitsministeriums

JAMA. 1939;113(26):2346. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800510068027

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This monograph on Buerger's disease is interesting for the American reader for two reasons. In the first place it contains an excellent review of the literature on the subject, although obviously the English and American papers must have been read in abstract because their subject matter is often misquoted. Second, it contains for the first time an attempt to evaluate service connected disability on the basis of 193 cases, the files of which the author received from the Military Compensation Board. The difficulties of passing judgment in cases which the author did not have an opportunity to examine are obvious. Nevertheless, interesting case histories are presented. In the opinion of the author, prolonged exposure to cold or trauma may act as sensitizing factors for a person whose vascular tree is already hypersensitive to injury. With this working hypothesis in mind he presents a vague and indecisive outline as to how

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