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June 18, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(25):2048-2049. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550510038018

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Three important national conferences, one on industrial accidents and workmen's compensation, one on industrial diseases, and one on labor legislation, were held on June 10 and 11 in Chicago; and many important bodies were represented in the discussions. It is earnestly hoped and expected—and the expectation is reasonable—that by means of these conferences and the resulting coordinated activities, great and salutary changes will be achieved in the conditions to which people working in trades are subject.

Of these conferences, that on industrial diseases was the first ever held in this country. The interest which the medical profession should take in this subject was well indicated by Mr. Frederick Hoffman, actuary of the Prudential Insurance Company, of Newark. N. J., who declares that in many trades one-third of the deaths recorded are due to one specific disease; and that, at a conservative estimate, the money loss alone in the United States

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