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October 22, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(17):1542-1551. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790430026007

Industrial or occupational dermatoses have received recognition as distinctive and important diseases of the skin not alone on account of outstanding clinical characteristics, but because, together with other industrial diseases, they constitute a unique sociologic group. They represent a new alinement in medical practice and are of increasing importance because of their economic and political implications in the social class in which they predominate. Industrial dermatoses are particularly important because of the legal provisions that have been enacted in connection with them. In the development of these laws physicians are beginning to participate and should therefore be familiar with their interpretation and application, especially since such laws have become a major legislative consideration in many states and may become a federal issue. In 1937 bills on some phase of occupational disease were introduced in twenty-three state legislatures.

MEDICAL PROVISIONS  Secretary of Labor Perkins once stated (1932) that the medical aspects