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October 22, 1938

THE PRACTICAL ASPECT OF THE PREVENTION OF INDUSTRIAL DERMATOSES

JAMA. 1938;111(17):1533-1536. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790430017005
Abstract

It is generally admitted that industrial dermatoses are responsible for from 40 to 60 per cent of all claims for the payment of compensation in the United States.1 This percentage varies depending on the type of industry chiefly present in the individual states. The more highly industrialized the state or country, the higher is the percentage of claims as a result of industrial dermatoses. It is obvious that effort directed toward the reduction of the incidence of industrial dermatoses would materially reduce both the direct and the indirect cost of these conditions to the employer, the employee and the public. It is our belief that the cost of industrial dermatoses could be reduced at least 50 per cent if all the scientific facts now available were put to use. It is our purpose in this paper to summarize these facts and to discuss their application.

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