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January 1, 1955

Workmen's Compensation: Prevention, Insurance, and Rehabilitation of Occupational Disability

JAMA. 1955;157(1):98. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950180100045

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The authors of this excellent book have performed a great service to everyone concerned with the oldest social insurance program in the United States. For the first time in a single volume the history, legislation, administration, litigation, insurance, actual benefit experience, and industrial safety, health, and rehabilitation as related to workmen's compensation have been reviewed. Of special interest to the medical profession is the reminder that the significance and impact of workmen's compensation are not confined to occupational disability. The authors point out that discussions and decisions in the growing field of private and public medical care and general disability programs are taking place in complete disregard of the oldest and largest relevant experience in the United States. The appraisal of the results of organized medicine's efforts to raise the level of competence in compensation medicine is encouraging and should serve to stimulate greater activity and interest by the medical

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