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The intention in publishing this book is, as stated in the preface, "to present a systematic description of the sequels of injuries caused by accidents." "The book is expected to be of interest not only to medical practitioners, but also to students" and "to laymen whose interests are connected with accident-insurance."
According to the German law, all workmen, with few exceptions, are insured against accidents received while at their work. This has been the means of stimulating greatly the study of such accidents and their sequels, and the author's experience in this line has been particularly large. There is shown a tendency, at times, to extend the effects of injuries beyond what can legitimately be proved. As, for instance, to associate a carcinoma of the kidney with an accident that occurred seventeen years before; to ascribe arteriosclerosis, dementia paralytica and pulmonary emphysema to accidents.
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Atlas and Epitome of Diseases Caused by Accidents. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(19):1228–1229. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460450044026
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