In the last fifteen years, "occupational disease" has become a household word. Thanks to "Sixty Minutes" and Ralph Nader, most Americans have been made aware of the hazards of coal dust, kepone, and vinyl chloride in the workplace. Numerous books have chronicled the plight of affected workers. A specialty in occupational medicine is now offered for physicians, who before had little or no training in recognizing work-related disease. In spite of this increased awareness, most occupational diseases still go unrecog- nized, both by physicians and by the legal system.
Elizabeth V. Scott,
Workers' Compensation for Disease in Virginia: The Exception Swallows the Rule,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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