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November 1938


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;20(5):839-845. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850230147011

One of the results of the increasing application of chemicals in industry is a widening of the field of industrial risks. Although improved methods of manufacture have eliminated many of the occupational hazards previously encountered, new ones have appeared, and some previously considered eliminated have reappeared. Such is the case with regard to carbon disulfide.

Sixty years ago the literature contained many reports of carbon disulfide poisoning occurring among those who worked with rubber. Articles to be vulcanized were passed through a solution of sulfur chloride and carbon disulfide. Changes in the method of manufacture and adequate protection of the worker have practically eliminated this source of intoxication from the rubber industry.

Today carbon disulfide is being used extensively in this country in the rayon and the transparent paper industry and to a much lesser extent in the manufacture of dipped rubber goods and water-proof cements and in certain extractive

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