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March 13, 1943


JAMA. 1943;121(11):841. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840110043018

The movement toward more and better preventive industrial medicine has received force and direction from committees on industrial health in the state medical societies. Following the recommendations of the Council on Industrial Health, these agencies were to contain representation from private practice, industrial practice and the state bureau of industrial hygiene, all to assist in focusing the interest of every element in medicine on the physical welfare of workers. Already significant advances have been made. When the full implications unfold, no other committee in the structure of medical organization in each state is likely to exert more influence on the nature and standards of medical practice.

One of the principal obstacles to widespread industrial medical activity is lack of public interest, particularly among the managers of small plants. The fault is not that of medicine alone; it is equally a responsibility of management and labor. State medical society committees on