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April 7, 1917

PECULIAR POISONING IN A CONSTRUCTION CAMP: REPORT OF DEATHS AND PROSTRATIONS

Author Affiliations

Director, Division of Industrial Hygiene, Ohio State Department of Health COLUMBUS, OHIO

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(14):1033-1035. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040021011
Abstract

The physician is almost constantly confronted with perplexing problems, prominent among which are the sudden deaths and prostrations which occur from obscure causes. In view of this fact it seems proper to call attention to three deaths and a number of prostrations and illnesses which occurred under unusual circumstances in a construction camp, and which I had occasion to investigate. As the investigation was made almost eight days after the first death occurred, the account is to a large extent dependent on hearsay.

At about 8: 30 p. m., Monday, Dec. 18, 1916, a member of the construction gang, consisting of about thirty white and thirty colored men, discovered one of the colored waiters lying in an unconscious condition on the floor in the bunk house, where he had apparently fallen from the second-tier bunk which he had occupied. The superintendent was notified, and with several others attempted to revive

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