ACCIDENT and disease take an ever-increasing toll in American industry. That the average otolaryngologist sees few of these casualties during a routine practice is due not to the paucity of such cases but, rather, to a failure to appreciate their extent and importance. Occasionally a physician may be reluctant to engage in the paper work and litigation which are necessary to the proper handling of such cases. On the other hand, he has a definite duty to these patients, so that they will not be deprived of benefits due them, as he has also a similar obligation to facilitate the work of those who administer workmen's compensation laws.
The purpose of this presentation is to present briefly the legal background of occupational cases falling within the scope of the otolaryngologist and also to illustrate the extent and types of such cases together with the problems that they may present.
GOLDNER A. SCOPE OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY IN OCCUPATIONAL TRAUMA AND DISEASE. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;55(6):641–661. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710010656001
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