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October 22, 1982

Occupational Medicine: Surveillance, Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1982;248(16):2055-2056. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330160093042

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The title of this book is misleading; one expects a comprehensive treatment of occupational diseases and the practice of occupational medicine. Instead, much of the book deals with the economic, political, legislative, and regulatory climate in which occupational medicine operates in the United States. There is a good summary of the roles played by the different federal agencies in research on and regulation of workplace hazards. It contains eight useful lists of toxic substances arranged by organ systems affected, plus a list of cancer-causing agents. A short discussion of these lists and a few short paragraphs on each of 17 major chemical and physical agents complete the discussion of occupational diseases and treatment.

The topics of toxicology and epidemiology (which are important components of occupational medicine) are each summarized in one page. Prevention of disease by industrial hygiene techniques is barely mentioned. The discussion of diagnosis and medical surveillance is