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July 1, 1905

A NEW OCCUPATION DISEASE.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(1):48. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510010054013

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Abstract

A Buffalo physician finds that contiguity to electric generators of large capacity, such as those at the Niagara power works, has a decidedly bad effect on the physique of those employed, especially in producing digestive disorders and their consequences. Exactly how this is to be accounted for he does not venture to say, but suggests that there may be something in the waste electric current, some special set of rays perhaps. He offers as a sort of collateral evidence that may bear on the subject the very quick souring of absolutely fresh milk under the same conditions as those in which the men work, as he has demonstrated by direct experiment. Electricity is a force of which as yet we have very imperfect knowledge in many respects, and it is quite within the range of possibility that, with the high concentration and quantity that must be constantly acting on the

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