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October 22, 1938


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Tufts College Medical School and the Boston City Hospital.

JAMA. 1938;111(17):1536-1542. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790430020006

An analysis of the component parts of claims for compensation for occupational dermatoses includes consideration of all problems related to the differential diagnosis as between the cutaneous disease arising from natural causes and that due to occupational hazards. This may necessitate considerable research in addition to a thorough physical examination, extensive clinical laboratory work, thorough investigation of the industrial exposures, and knowledge of the legislation of one's state as to dermatitis, the local insurance coverage, the mode of procedure of its deciding power and preceding decisions of commissions, medical boards or courts. A dermatologist should be cognizant of these subjects even if he does not care to do industrial work; in fairness to his patients he should be able to diagnose eruptions due to occupation and to advise his patients properly as to their further care and welfare. His training should enable him to diagnose eruptions arising from natural causes;