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November 7, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(19):1500-1501. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670190060026

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Industrial Diseases in France  The official bulletin of the ministry of lobor contains information pertaining to industrial diseases in 1923, and their relation to the act of Oct. 25, 1919. Thus far, under the provisions of this act, only lead and mercury poisoning are considered. There were 1,025 cases of lead poisoning in 1923, as against 797 in 1922. The increase may signify merely that, as the law becomes better known, notifications are made more regularly. In 744 cases the diagnosis was simple lead colic. In 114 cases no exact diagnosis was made. The other cases are distributed among the complications of lead poisoning. The period of disability, which ranged from eight to fifteen days, was stated in only half of the cases. One notification read, permanent partial disability; another, probably permanent disability. Nine notices mention hospitalization of the patient, and nine cases were fatal.The industries that gave rise

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