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May 22, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(4):232. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840210024008

Most important in the field of industrial toxicology is the rapid development of new solvents for use in a variety of manufacturing processes. Many of these solvents were chemical curiosities a few years ago; now they are sold in carboy or even tank car lots. Inevitably the medical profession is consulted as to the possible harmful effects of using solvents and especially from breathing them.

Possible dangers from the use of these new chemicals are appreciated by the chemical industry. Manufacturers often establish research fellowships or special contractual arrangements with universities such as Pennsylvania, Harvard and Cincinnati, with specially qualified institutions such as the Saranac Laboratories and the Industrial Hygiene Foundation and with private consultants. Some manufacturers have well equipped laboratories of their own and staffs of specialists whose sole work concerns the industrial toxicology of their own products. The industrial hygiene laboratories of the Public Health Services at Bethesda,