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May 15, 1943

AN OUTBREAK OF HALOWAX ACNE ("CABLE RASH") AMONG ELECTRICIANS

Author Affiliations

Medical Director, United States Public Health Service BETHESDA, MD.

From the Dermatoses Investigations Section, Division of Industrial Hygiene, National Institute of Health, U. S. Public Health Service.

JAMA. 1943;122(3):158-161. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840200014003
Abstract

The first observations on the development of acnelike lesions among workers in the United States coming in contact with chlornaphthalenes and chlordiphenyls as well as acute yellow atrophy of the liver occurring among such workers were reported1 in 1935. Since that time many authors have reported similar observations.

Despite the fact that these compounds, if used without proper safety precautions, cause a high incidence of skin conditions and, in certain processes such as coating wires, also entail the serious hazard of acute yellow atrophy of the liver, they are still being used as dielectrics and insulators, because they are waterproof and have excellent heat resisting and flame proof properties.

Since our entrance into the war, the speed-up in our shipyards has in many instances resulted in failure to install the proper safety precautions necessary when handling wires insulated with these substances.

Reports have been received by the U. S.

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