Excerpt from Diseases of Workers By Bernardino Ramazzini
Bernardino Ramazzini, considered the “Father of Industrial Medicine” first published his book in Latin in 1700. Forty chapters cover 43 occupations beginning with the diseases of metalworkers and ending with diseases of learned men.
In the Preface he emphasized the importance of industry to the state and its impact on the maladies of the workmen. This work showed Ramazzini’s thorough acquaintance with the diseases and the relation of the trades to civilization. Throughout the entire book there is a continuous plea for the introduction of safety measures for the workmen and the necessity of their being medically inspected. In 1713 Ramazzini published the second and enlarged edition of his treatise that included a supplement of 12 chapters beginning with diseases of printers and ending with the diseases of soap boilers. First translated into English in 1705, not less than 25 editions and translations (20 authentic issues and five plagiarized versions) have appeared since 1700. Today it is out of print, but may be acquired through rare and out-of-print booksellers including Abebooks.com. The New York Academy of Medicine holds a 1940 copyright of the edition published by the University of Chicago Press. This text was also published as a “special edition” (copyright 1983) in The Classics of Medicine Library, Division of Gryphon Editions, New York, NY.