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February 26, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(9):660-661. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680350044021

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A Law Pertaining to Occupational Accidents in Hospitals  There are numerous cases in which interns and nurses have been the victims of accidents occurring in the performance of their regular duties, but neither they nor their families have received compensation because the law pertaining to occupational accidents applies only to manual workers. After twenty-five years of effort, the chamber of deputies has finally been induced to accept legislation that protects scientific workers. The bill as passed by the house comprises four sections, and applies to accidents befalling the technical personnel of hospitals, including physicians, surgeons, alienists, roentgenologists, heads of clinics and laboratories; assistants of physicians, surgeons and specialists; interns and externs, pharmacists, dentists, students, midwives, nurses (both sexes), and all other technical employees, and allows them, in case of occupational accident, either temporary or permanent compensation, and free hospital treatment. Occupational diseases contracted while on duty entitle the claimant to

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