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September 1931


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Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), Stanford University SAN FRANCISCO

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;24(3):401-403. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.01450010410006

So many cases of disability reported to be due to sensitization to turpentine and paint have been brought to the notice of carriers of insurance that the question has become rather acute in California.

Dr. Morton Gibbons, medical director of the Industrial Accident Commission of California recently appointed a Reference Board, consisting of Harry E. Alderson, chairman, Douglas W. Montgomery and Hiram E. Miller, to formulate answers to certain questions related to cutaneous sensitization. This action was taken partly on account of a case which had recently been appealed and partly because the commission desired to have an authoritative opinion to guide them in the handling of other cases.

The case in question was that of a man who had worked as a painter for six years before having any skin trouble. At the end of that time he developed severe dermatitis venenata of the parts exposed in

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