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January 23, 1915

The Occupational Diseases; Their Causation, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(4):362. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570300076039

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This book, the first to appear in this country on occupational diseases, is a much needed contribution. The author goes at length into the various phases of the problems and gives a thoroughgoing description of the hazards in the various trades. In the first parts there is a general discussion of the history, etiology and pathology of the commoner trade ailments, and general measures for preventing and treating them. The poisonous substances are then taken up in the order of toxic metals and their compounds, toxic gases, vapors and fumes, toxic fluids and irritant dusts, and in dealing with these the writer has some very practical suggestions as to how intoxication may be lessened. Under the heading "Germs" he includes uncinariasis, with anthrax, foot-and-mouth disease, glanders and septicemia. After dealing with the troubles to which they lay workmen liable, he goes on to the diseases due to the environment in

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