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March 26, 1949


JAMA. 1949;139(13):815-818. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900300001001

The rapid development of American technology during and following the last war has not only taxed the skills of the scientist and the engineer but has also created new problems for the physician. One has only to think of the preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic concepts which the field of artificial radioactivity has created to realize how complex the practice of medicine has become and will continue. These new problems are not only the province of the radiation specialist and industrial hygienist; the general practitioner too must be alerted to the changes brought about by the use of new substances and processes in industry, since they are responsible for a changing picture of disease and illness among the working population.

Of importance to the general practitioner are the problems of occupational metal poisoning. The introduction of many new alloys and industrial processes has created environmental conditions wherein workers are often subjected

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