Medicine And Books

Occupation and Disease

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:951
  1. Peter Brooks

    Allard Dembe Yale University Press, £25, pp 384 ISBN 0 300 06436 5

    This is the story of the scribe, the telegrapher, the typewriter, and the computer—speckled with such interesting characters as Astley Cooper, Guillaume Dupuytren, and Henry Finkelstein, who helped found the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York. Allard Dembe sets the theme for his book by developing a pluralistic model of occupational disease involving the individual, the health care worker, the work environment, and the many social factors that might affect this. He then develops this theme with three major occupational diseases: cumulative trauma disorders of the hands and wrists, back pain, …

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