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December 28, 1964


JAMA. 1964;190(13):1124-1125. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070260036012

Modern medicine, surgery, and rehabilitation practices can restore to working capability persons who, hitherto, would have succumbed to fatal illnesses. Of the more than 15,000 persons who have survived excision of a cancerous larynx, many have regained not only their speech but their jobs in industry. Reemployment and health problems of rehabilitated laryngectomees are discussed in the December issue of the Archives of Environmental Health.1 Some were dismissed by employment personnel or supervisors who were prejudiced or uninformed on the working capabilities of these workers. Practical reasons for discharge were poor speech (where speech is necessary) or a genuine health or safety hazard for both the neck-breather and his fellow employee.

The health of the neck-breather is endangered if he returns to a job where mists, vapors, or particulate matter become airborne. The Archives contribution lists 36 classes of business in which neck-breathers report they are exposed to airborne

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