The economic importance of occupational dermatoses has been stressed by many writers. Accidental injury occurring in the course of employment represents the most frequent reason for compensation in the United States. The next most frequent reason is occupational dermatoses. The proportion of occupational dermatoses to all other occupational diseases as given by most writers approaches 70 per cent. It is generally stated that occupational dermatoses represent about 10 per cent of all diseases of the skin.
The subject of occupational dermatoses has attained such importance that it is imperative to emphasize it in the curriculum for undergraduate and graduate teaching of dermatology. Pertinent to this discussion are the results of the survey conducted in 1939 by the Council on Industrial Health of the American Medical Association1 on the status of undergraduate teaching in occupational hygiene in all of the approved four year medical colleges. It was shown in
KLAUDER JV. TEACHING OF OCCUPATIONAL DERMATOSES. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(2):153–158. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510020012003
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