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August 21, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(8):392-394. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440340040008

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The extraordinary strides which have been made in science and in the arts during the last fifty years have developed ailments which practitioners of medicine previous to the last half century were entirely unfamiliar with, and one of the most interesting of these, from an etiologic and pathologic standpoint, is that condition which has, because of its causative factor, been named the "caisson disease." The great number of large engineering ventures has increased the opportunity for the study of this interesting condition, and in this country the most noteworthy studies which have been made concerning it have been those of Jaminet, who studied the condition of the workmen who were affected by this ailment during the building of the St. Louis bridge, and A. H. Smith of New York, who has carefully recorded the observations which he made upon a similar class of patients during the excavations which were made

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