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Article
December 1951

DERMATOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AMONG PHARMACEUTICAL WORKERS

Author Affiliations

INDIANAPOLIS

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Indianapolis General Hospital, The Alembert Wirthrop Brayton Skin and Cancer Foundation, and its allied P. C. Reilly Laboratory of Mycology.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;64(6):667-675. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570120002001
Abstract

BY THE statement of some and the assumption of others, the pharmaceutical industry is believed to be a form of manufacture in which the incidence of occupational dermatoses is high. Such an opinion stems from the premise that workers in this field must be necessarily and intimately exposed to a number of agents which can be primary irritants or sensitizers of the skin. The acceptance of such a notion may even grow if we take into further consideration the increased number of new antibiotics and complex chemicals which are now being processed for the treatment of disease. However, such a conclusion fails to note the counterbalances which a good management provides to shield employees from risks. These protective measures include a well-organized and full-time-staffed medical dispensary, a personnel alert in safety direction, cooperating and intelligent department heads and supervisors, careful screening of work applicants, exact job and general plant training

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