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Many occupational diseases are multifactorial, chronic, irreversible, and clinically similar to non-occupational diseases. Consequently, diagnosis and recognition are difficult and treatment is often ineffective. The principal means of occupational disease control is prevention. Prevention requires a multidisciplinary approach involving such professions as toxicology, epidemiology, public health, industrial hygiene, law, and, increasingly, injury control. In the United States, occupational health practice is ordinarily considered an aspect of preventive medicine.
Occupational health practice in Europe, to judge by this text, is somewhat different and not as clearly embedded in preventive medicine. For example, there is a chapter about treatment and first aid
Occupational Health Practice. Ann Intern Med. ;111:863. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-10-863_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(10):863.
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