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February 3, 1984

Hamilton and Hardy's Industrial Toxicology

Author Affiliations

American Petroleum Institute Washington, DC

JAMA. 1984;251(5):660-661. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340290070029

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This classic text and reference book now appears in the fourth edition, extensively revised and updated. Like the original (1929), the second (1946), and third (1974) editions, it has been prepared "to alert and excite students of medicine to the harmful effects of industrialization," an objective well served by the efforts of the present author. Recognizing the explosion of information and the enormity of world literature on the subject, it was wisely decided not to use an encyclopedic approach. Instead, a judicious selection of toxic materials is presented with emphasis on clinical considerations. Tradition has been maintained by including historically important material, and updating is evident in the extensive listing of recent references and the addition of newly recognized toxins from the industrial scene.

The diagnosis and methods of control of occupational diseases (subjects with comprehensive coverage in other textbooks of occupational medicine and industrial hygiene) are treated with brevity