In 1700 Bernardini Ramazzini published the first treatise on occupational diseases. His Diseases of Tradesmen described hazards associated with the work of a wide variety of persons, including some not now considered appropriate, such as artists and athletes. Concern for the protection of the worker in industry has increased since Ramazzini's day. However, the problem also increases, as changing technology produces new hazards.
Mercury poisoning connected with the manufacture of felt—and immortalized in Lewis Carroll's Mad Hatter—is no longer seen. But protection now is necessary for workers who handle such products as polymers1 and radioactive materials. Increase in public concern has mirrored a similar increase in medical concern. There are now journals and societies whose major interest is investigating health hazards related to environment.
In the April issue of the Archives of Environmental Health, the AMA Council on Occupational Health presents a guide for occupational health physicians, entitled "Personal