It is estimated by competent authorities that in the United States annually more than 1,000,000 men are killed or injured in industrial accidents. In practically all fatal cases dependents are left, and in practically all nonfatal cases the injured employee is dependent on his wages for the support of himself and family. Adequate provision for the injured employee and his dependents is worthy of the best study and thought. I can briefly present only a few facts within the limits of this paper, asking you to consider them, not only as they affect your professional work, but also as good citizens interested in the welfare of your fellow men.
If the medical fraternity were as conservative and as jealous of precedent as the legal fraternity, to which I belong, they might still be arguing that antitoxin is not necessary in the treatment of diphtheria; that surgery is not necessary in
ANDRUS CS. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF INDUSTRIAL BOARDS TO EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE: AS INFLUENCED BY THE OPINION OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER. JAMA. 1918;71(7):508–511. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.02600330006003
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