LINDA ROSENSTOCK, M.D., M.P.H.
Only in the last decade have systematic estimates of the magnitude of occupationally related illnesses and deaths become available. These figures, compiled from various government agency sources, include 100 000 deaths per year from occupationally related illness, 3 200 000 persons disabled each year as a result of work-related illness or injury, 390 000 new cases of occupational diseases per year, and 10 million workers seeking care annually for an occupationally related condition (1). With every 100 workers losing 60.5 workdays per year, the cost in economic terms is staggering; in 1978, $11.4 billion was lost in wages alone because
ROSENSTOCK L. Occupational Medicine: Too Long Neglected. Ann Intern Med. ;95:774–776. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-6-774
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(6):774-776.
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