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May 7, 1910

MUSCULAR SPASMS DUE TO HEAT IN COOKS ON PULLMAN DINERS

JAMA. 1910;LIV(19):1517. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550450001001n
Abstract

In none of the articles1 calling general attention to muscular spasms in individuals whose occupations expose them to intense heat has any mention been made of this condition in professional cooks and chefs. I have recently had my attention called to the fact that it does occur in this class of occupations by a patient whom I examined in the Dispensary of the University of Kansas.

History.  —The patient was a negro, 64 years of age, who complained of some vague pains in the loins and back. He had noticed also that his urine was red and deposited a heavy sediment. He stated that he had been a professional cook for twelve years, that he had recently been head cook at the General Hospital in Kansas City and had previously worked for some years on Pullman diners in the southwest part of the United States. When questioned as to his past

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