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November 8, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(19):1511. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660190043017

It has often been said that the intelligence of a race is measured by its industry. The stone age, the bronze age, the iron age, the machinery age and now the gasoline age represent milestones of human progress. In his retrospect of prehistoric industry, Edgar L. Collis 1 states that "the primary raison d'être of industry is safety and health"; but in this motorized age, with speed versus safety, one doubts whether all industry is really the means human intelligence employs to insure the existence of the race. It would seem that, on occasion, health may be jeopardized to fulfil the urge for pleasure.

The unfortunate accident in the tetra-ethyl plant at Bayway, N. J., is the result of attempts to work in one field of science under conditions fraught with danger. According to newspaper reports, five men in this plant died following exposure to tetra-ethyl lead, while forty-four others