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November 1955

Rehabilitation in Industrial Dermatoses

Author Affiliations

Birmingham, Ala.

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, The Medical College of Alabama.

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;72(5):462-466. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.03730350064012


The rehabilitation of patients with industrial dermatitis is a subject worthy of increased interest in view of its common occurrence. Once dermatitis has been proved by clinical examination, patch testing, and treatment to be caused by a substance encountered at work, the problem may take on serious aspects. The circumstances may warrant a complete reappraisal of the patient's vocation, regardless of his skill, training, and years of experience. If the patient has become so sensitized to a prime substance with which he must work that it is impossible to protect him adequately with clothing, creams, or by environmental methods, then a change in occupation may be mandatory. In this situation, numerous problems may arise and affect not only the patient and his physician but also the employer, the insurance carrier, the labor union, and governmental agencies. All may be concerned in an attempt