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January 16, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(3):224-225. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780030062025

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To the Editor:—  Lately the state of Illinois has made effective a series of acts related to employment and providing for compensation and other benefits for occupational disease. In the occupational disease law (house bill 10, approved March 16, 1936), the heart of the provisions therein made is a definition of an occupational disease, which in part reads "A disease shall be deemed to arise out of the employment only if there is apparent to the rational mind, upon consideration of all the circumstances, a direct casual connection between the conditions under which the work is performed and the occupational disease."... The full definition, almost in its entirety, appears to use the language appearing long ago in the McNichols' case, Massachusetts 497, Northeastern Reports 697, which in turn is stated to have been derived from many old English cases. However, there is one egregious difference. In the McNichols' case, and

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