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November 3, 1962


JAMA. 1962;182(5):566-567. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050440058017

About three-quarters of all American workers are employed in small industrial or commercial establishments. The vast majority of such workers are not served by any occupational health program or are served by programs of which comparatively few measure up to recommended standards. To help the physician understand the need and to assist his participation in small plant occupational health programs, the Council on Occupational Health of the American Medical Association has made available the "Guide to the Organization and Operation of Small Plant Occupational Health Programs."1

The importance of the physician's role in this sphere of medicine is verified by the statistic that more than 90% of physicians in the private practice of medicine do some occupational medical work. This is generally limited to the care of workmen's compensation cases and in the performance of physical examinations in the physician's own offices. Of necessity then, and in order to