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October 15, 1938


Author Affiliations

Chief of Examining Clinic and Chief Chemist, Coke Plant, Respectively, Inland Steel Company EAST CHICAGO, IND.; Technician, Saranac Laboratory SARANAC LAKE, N. Y.

JAMA. 1938;111(16):1452-1455. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790420032007

The current emphasis on preventive efforts in medical practice finds its counterpart in the rapidly progressing field of industrial medicine. The medical departments of mills and factories, at first concerned only with the repair of injuries caused by accidents, later devoted time to the diagnosis and treatment of disabling occupational diseases. The time is at hand when plant physicians must extend their interests beyond the walls of their offices and cooperate with engineers in the eradication of industrial disease at the points of its inception. The industrial physician's essential part in this program is one of constant supervision over the physical status of workers. When workers handle toxic substances, even though they are afforded theoretically perfect mechanical protection, the medical surveillance must be methodical and unremitting. This rule holds for the supervision of benzene (benzol, C6H6) plant workers, who are usually considered to be free from the