DAVID C. CHRISTIANI, M.D.
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To the editor: The June NIH Conference on vinyl chloride-associated liver disease (Ann Intern Med 84:717-731, is a valuable scientific treatment of this grave problem. The official estimates of all occupational illness and injuries are frightening: government figures state that more than 14 000 workers are killed each year in work accidents, and more than 2.2 million more are either permanently or temporarily disabled as a result of work accidents and occupational disease (1). In addition to on-the-job accidents, almost 500 000 more workers develop "official" occupational diseases each year (2). These figures are unoccupational derestimates, and a 1971 study
CHRISTIANI DC. Neglect of Occupational Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;85:542. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-4-542_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(4):542.
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