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Ever since Homo sapiens became Homo faber he has been subject to occupational mishaps, and Egyptian papyri prove that he wrote about them almost as soon as he could write. The bibliography is enormous, and the industry shown by Coutela in assembling and digesting it is apparent in every page of this monograph.
The task of classification was the first and most difficult problem, and the author has solved it with skill and judgment. The chapter on dust is a revelation. I counted sixty-five headings denoting the types of dust, each type being subdivided several times. A convenient simplification divides the types into (1) inert, (2) active (caustics and similar agents) and (3) primarily inert but subsequently active. The effect of each type of dust on the lids, corneas, conjunctivas and lacrimal passages is considered in detail. The author discusses every foreign body encountered in industry. The familiar stone, marble,
Bruce GM. L'oeil et les maladies professionelles (maladies du travail). Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;22(3):521. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860090187024
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