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August 15, 1891

LIFE-SHORTENING OCCUPATIONS.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(7):273. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410850037006

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Abstract

One of the curious features of modern life is the extent to which the most hazardous trades are overrun by applicants for work. The electric light companies never find any difficulty in obtaining all the linemen they need, notwithstanding the fact that the dangers of that kind of business have been demonstrated times without number. The men who work in factories where wall-paper is made frequently joke one another over the tradition that a man's life, in this trade, is shortened ten years. A similar belief is prevalent in factories where leather papers are made, and among men who have to handle them, and whose lungs are said to become impeded by inhaling the dust arising from those papers. In certain other factories where brass ornaments and fittings are made, the air is laden with very fine brazen particles which are, when inhaled, especially irritating to the lungs. But one

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