The great increase in the last three years in the demand for powerful explosives has not only enormously increased the number of employes in munition plants but also has doubtless added many workers who from lack of skill or from carelessness have rendered themselves more susceptible to the poisonous substances handled than would be the case with older and more experienced workers. At any rate, a large number of instances of industrial poisoning has appeared recently in such plants and a considerable literature bearing on the subject has appeared in Europe, and to a less extent in this country. Especially to be noted is the excellent article of Dr. Alice Hamilton.1 Most of this literature is of English origin. Some contributions have appeared from German sources, particularly in reference to tetrachlorethane or dope poisoning, and in reference to benzene poisoning; but most of it is not available to use
HAMILTON AS, NIXON CE. OPTIC ATROPHY AND MULTIPLE PERIPHERAL NEURITIS: DEVELOPED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF EXPLOSIVES (BINITROTOLUENE). JAMA. 1918;70(26):2004–2006. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.26010260006006a
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