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December 29, 1951


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Oakland, Calif.

JAMA. 1951;147(18):1751-1754. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670350031008

The layman does not expect his physician to be subject to the same ills as the workingman. He is upset and confused when he learns that the doctor can not avoid illness anymore than the unionized employee. Yet, there is no occupation that subjects a worker to more dangers of potent sensitizing chemicals, or exposes him to as many virulent infections and hazards of neoplasm-producing energies than that of physician.

MATERIAL  In order to avoid giving my experiences and opinions on this subject undue weight, a simple questionnaire was sent to 75 dermatologists. Sixty (80%) paid me the compliment of replying. The statements made in this presentation, then, are a composite of the experiences recounted in these letters. This paper is divided into sections representing the four questions posed in the questionnaire.

CONTACT DERMATITIS AND ITS CAUSES  According to Dr. Marion B. Sulzberger, contact dermatitis is the condition that brings

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