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October 9, 1937

INDUSTRIAL PREVENTIVE MEDICINE: A PLAN FOR THE CONTROL OF OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES

JAMA. 1937;109(15):1167-1169. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780410005002
Abstract

Physicians in industry devote much attention to the prevention of disease. They know that diseases of occupational origin are amenable to control and they understand the technic, but their services are available to a limited section of the working population, mostly in large establishments. Physicians in general practice, who are not so familiar with the subject, serve the large remainder. They can now well afford to give the subject consideration.

The time is coming, if it is not already here, when the managements of small plants will seek medical advice on the effect of shop conditions on health and will request guidance in giving their employees medical protection. Naturally, they will go to the doctor whom their workmen consult, and this is the physician in general practice. This elemental presentation in outline form is prepared chiefly for him.

For discussion, the program of industrial preventive medicine may be divided into

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