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March 29, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(13):1393-1394. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130055019

An opportunity to compare the health of a sample of British workers as to physical condition and morbidity with the numerous reports of similar investigations in the United States is afforded by an article which appears in a recent issue of the Lancet.1 The report covers an examination of 1,592 workers, including 1,352 men and 240 women. There was nothing amateurish or superficial about the examination. "Many were seen twice and a few three times; some 60 were sent for a second opinion to members of the consulting staff of the local municipal hospital. The pathological and x-ray facilities of the hospital were freely used; though it was not possible to do routine radiography of the chest or examine the cerebrospinal fluid." The distribution by age groups seems to have been fairly representative of a general working population, there being 290 between 17 and 29, 468 from 30 to