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August 15, 1931

THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AS A PROBLEM IN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE

Author Affiliations

BOSTON
From the Medical Clinic of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

JAMA. 1931;97(7):443-445. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730070009004
Abstract

In these days, when the broader aspects of medicine have come to the foreground in the public mind, when various phases of medical economics are being studied most critically by several different agencies, and when industrial and public health work have become well recognized medical specialties, it is curious how little consideration is given to the physical welfare of physicians, of whom there are more than 140,000 at work in the United States today. Our professional life seems to expose us to certain health hazards in the way of illness that are likely to prove wasteful of time and money even if they do not shorten our lives. And yet but rarely does the individual physician or any one else trouble to analyze the nature and importance of these hazards or to offer suggestions as to what can be done to avoid them. Certainly no other modern, well organized industry

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