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August 28, 1909


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JAMA. 1909;LIII(9):716-717. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550090051003a

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I wish to call the attention of those who are interested in the various phases of serotherapy to a disease which affects workmen in hair-cleaning mills. The hair from various animals is received at the mills in bales which are opened and the hair is put into machines which separate the hair from dust and other foreign material, and the workmen necessarily inhale much of this dust which, in part, is the dried secretion of the sudorific glands of the animals from which the hair came.

The workmen recognize a disease, or reaction which they call "hair sickness," which conies on from 3 to 5 days from the time a new workman is first exposed to the dust. The sickness is characterized by a severe chill which comes on in seeming health, and a fever which may reach 103 to 104 F. The patient experiences severe

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