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September 12, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(11):420-421. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410890038012

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A disease popularly designated in the south of France under the name of " maladie des cannes de Provence," or in other words, the cane-disease, has recently been described by Dr. Vincente Gomez in the Revista de medicina y cirurgia prácticas. He reports three cases of occupational disease, apparently due to the reeds. His first case was that of a man of 50 years, who had worked with the reeds for ten years. The canes lately used had been collected during the previous winter, and were covered with a fine ash-like dust, which was diffused through the air as the canes were moved. On the day following the first active diffusion of this dust, the man was taken with an intense headache, loss of appetite, insomnia; perspiration became profuse and urine scanty. A painful tumefaction of the nasal and buccal mucous membrane followed, with epistaxis. There was also some irritation of

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