On the long list of industries known to be associated with the silicosis hazard, mechanical dentistry is not to be found. It is our purpose in this communication to indicate that a silicosis hazard is present in this hitherto unlisted industry and to suggest the steps which may be taken in the elimination of the hazard.
REPORT OF CASE
C. J., a man aged 35, a Russian Jew, employed as a dental technician, was admitted to the Division of Pulmonary Diseases of Montefiore Hospital Nov. 16, 1937. He had been transferred from another hospital, where a diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis had been made. His illness commenced in January 1936 when a slightly productive morning cough was noted. This complaint was mild and was ignored. In December the patient remarked that breathlessness was present on moderate exertion. In January 1937 a small hemoptysis occurred and this recurred at irregular intervals
SILTZBACH LE. THE SILICOSIS HAZARD IN MECHANICAL DENTISTRY. JAMA. 1939;113(12):1116–1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370032007
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