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January 9, 1909

INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: A NEGLECTED FIELD

JAMA. 1909;LII(2):138-139. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540280052005

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Abstract

We recently commented on George M. Kober's "Industrial and Personal Hygiene," which may be regarded as one of the first evidences that our country is at last entering on the exploration of what has previously been an almost completely neglected field. Indeed, Dr. Kober was impelled to make the above investigation by the statement of a German hygienist to the effect that the United States alone of all civilized countries could furnish no information on the subject of its industrial accidents and diseases.

It is almost a century since Great Britain and France began the study of dangerous trades and their consequences, and within fifty years most of the European countries had followed their example. There is now in all these countries a more or less complete system of legislation governing the dangerous trades, and all trades are listed as dangerous which are in any way deleterious to the health

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