Occupational Health Care

  • Greg Phelps


Occupation is more than just the means by which we put bread on the family table. As we enter the 21st century, our occupation stands as substitute for our education, social standing, and helps define who we are. Stand in any social gathering and watch newcomers explain themselves as an electrician, farmer, or physician. Similarly, profession can also affect longevity and health. The impact of occupation on individual health has been noted since ancient times. Hippocrates, who died in 370 BC, noted occupational asthma in tailors and farm hands, among others. More recently, during the 1700s, Bernardo Ramazinni, the father of occupational medicine, noted in his classic text, The Diseases of Workers, a variety of ills associated with employment. Today’s computer-yoked office workers suffering with cumulative trauma disorders can take comfort that Ramazzini noted in the diseases of “scribes” the “incessant movement of the hand always in the same direction causing intense fatigue of the hand and arm.”


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Health Care Worker Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal Tunnel Occupational Medicine 
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