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March 13, 1943


JAMA. 1943;121(11):840-841. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840110042017

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Modern preventive industrial medicine was born in the first world war, then declined in the postwar years, only to regain lost ground and to uncover many new fields of usefulness during the period of preparedness and conflict in the Global War. The urgent necessity for conserving the health of essential war workers is unquestioned. Leaders in government, industry and medicine agree that this objective is of utmost importance, second only, in fact, to the health and medical requirements of the armed forces. The benefits of prevention of sickness and accident are equally valuable in peace, the only variables being urgency and the number of persons involved. Is this renaissance likely to subside again after the present unusual stimulus of production for war is over?

The force of interest in industrial medical organization will not subside as readily as it did twenty years ago. Large industry will continue to support a

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