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With the exception of certain well-defined types, occupation dermatoses as a class have not, in this country at least, received the attention they merit. While every dermatologic clinic numbers among its applicants each year many patients in whom occupation has a direct or indirect bearing on the causation of their eruption, it is difficult, owing to lack of systematic investigation, to give a definite idea as to the prevalence of skin affections in the various trades. At my own clinic at the University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College about 2 per cent. of the total number of new cases for 1911 constituted occupation dermatoses. The great majority of these were of the type known as trade eczemas, and while many cases yield readily to treatment and proper preventive measures, others constitute a serious inconvenience from an economic point of view, sometimes necessitating a complete cessation from work or a change
FORDYCE JA. OCCUPATIONAL SKIN DISEASES. JAMA. 1912;LIX(23):2043–2048. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270120028008
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