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December 8, 1962

The Physician in Industry

JAMA. 1962;182(10):1062. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050490086026

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This book is a brief, elementary introduction to medical practice in industry. The author states his primary purpose as "to help the practicing physician interested in industrial medicine to orient himself in a new environment. It is by no means a complete textbook on industrial medicine." Judged by this standard, the book well achieves its purpose. The opening chapters, "The Role of the Physician in Industry," "Preplacement and Periodic Physical Examinations," and "The Working Environment," succinctly introduce and outline the purposes and techniques of good health maintenance and a preventive medical program in industry. The chapters "Industrial Toxicology" and "Radiation Hazards in Industry" are too brief to comprise an adequate scientific handbook on these subjects. These are followed, however, by a group of chapters, the "Industrial Dispensary (Infirmary, Health Center)." "Accidents and their Prevention," "Medical Aspects of Workmen's Compensation," "Medical Care for Disabled Industrial Workers (Private Insurance, Blue Cross, and