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May 19, 1917

INDUSTRIAL POISONS ENCOUNTERED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF EXPLOSIVES

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(20):1445-1451. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270050147001
Abstract

Accidental explosions are so great a danger in the industry of making explosives that they overshadow the less spectacular but quite as real danger of industrial poisoning. The outbreak of the great war was followed in Great Britain by a rapid increase in the notifications of occupational poisoning from certain substances as a result of the enormous increase in the manufacture of ammunition of all kinds. What the experience of France and of the Central Powers has been we do not know, but there is no reason to suppose that they have escaped this natural consequence. Nor is there any reason to suppose that we have escaped it, since we too began to increase greatly our production of the ordinary explosives soon after the war broke out, and also to manufacture quite new ones. Consequently, it seemed desirable to learn whether here too this industry has been attended with a

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