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September 26, 1925


Author Affiliations

Professor of Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine NEW HAVEN, CONN.

JAMA. 1925;85(13):968-973. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670130030009

The first definite step toward the first hand scientific study of industrial hygiene in the United States was inspired by a problem of factory ventilation. The objectionable atmospheric conditions in a rope factory located in a suburb of Boston led to the introduction into the Massachusetts legislature by Hon. Andrew J. Peters (later mayor of the city) of a resolution calling for an investigation of the whole subject of industrial hazards by the state board of health. This was in 1904, and the brief report of ten printed pages submitted by the board in pursuance of this act was the beginning of a most significant movement. It led to a second and more exhaustive study by the Massachusetts State Board of Health in 1905, and to the employment for the first time in America of expert medical inspectors of factories in 1907; and it was the stimulus that induced me