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“Phossy jaw”: an industrial horror story

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   Skull with jaw affected by phosphorus poisoning. Artwork by J. Bartholomew in Edinburgh Medical Journal. Wellcome Collection. Public domain. “The greatest tragedy in the whole story of occupational diseases.”1 – Donald Hunter, M.D. (1898–1978)   The development of cheap, reliable, and reasonably safe matches became possible with the addition of […]

The Lord’s Prayer

In his day Dr. Donald Hunter was widely respected and greatly feared. He was respected for his knowledge of occupational medicine and of illnesses caused by noxious agents. He was feared because during membership examinations he was reputed to produce a rock out of his pocket and ask the terrified candidate what it was and […]