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August 22, 1925


Author Affiliations

Professor of Hygiene, Ohio State University; Consultant, Industrial Hygiene, State Department of Health COLUMBUS, OHIO

JAMA. 1925;85(8):560-564. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670080004003

The time at my disposal forces me to be somewhat brief and dogmatic. Dr. William H. Park1 commented last year before the Conference of Physicians in Industry on the changing types of diseases from the strictly communicable diseases, pronounced in childhood and young adult life, to the diseases of industry and civilization. My discussion is limited to the industrial aspects, and then in only a small way.

THE STATUS QUO  I think we can all agree pretty well with Selby2 that the recent war made industrial hygiene prominent in this country, and that now the physician in well organized plants has come into his own and is governing his bailiwick himself instead of his employer, or the feeble attempts of official departments of government. But with this exception, in practically all states, medical inspection of the hygiene of working conditions is rare indeed, so that industrial hygiene is