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Ramazzini is one of the most interesting figures that come within the purview of dermatology. Two hundred years ago he saw the importance of occupations in the production of disease and studied the subject thoroughly. His zeal in this work knew no bounds, and he personally investigated the details of all occupations with which he could make contact. His objective attitude and his scientific spirit make his book on this subject as modern as if it was written in this generation. His studies, of course, had to do largely with diseases of the skin, and this gives his work particular interest to dermatologists, but it also concerned itself with all diseases. And in his studies he records the most interesting facts concerning social and economic conditions and the customs of all sorts of trades and professions. This gives the book wide interest. It is one of the important social records