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A Compilation of Best Papers

Tepper, Lloyd B. MD, ScD (JOM Editor-in-Chief 1979–1991)

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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2016 - Volume 58 - Issue 2 - p 111-113
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000682
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In early 2015 the current Editor-in-Chief, Paul W. Brandt-Rauf, requested that I select the “best” papers from the first 40 years of publication of the Journal of Occupational Medicine (JOM) for reprinting in honor of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Centennial Year (2016). After careful consideration of more than 4000 papers, I chose 10% to review in detail and selected about 30 as the “best.” The process was almost entirely subjective, and although the selections were approved by the Editorial Board, different reviewers would have applied their own analyses and judgments and made different selections.

This review has given me an opportunity to recall numerous rewarding associations with many knowledgeable, creative, insightful, and generous people over the years since I started out in occupational and environmental medicine in Boston in 1958 as a fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT. That was 6 months before Adolph G. Kammer went to press with the first issue of the JOM. Many things have changed since the inaugural issue, but one thing that has remained constant is the unwavering commitment by Editors past and present to publish the best in occupational and environmental medicine for the benefit workers, physicians, and the general public.

The resulting list comprising 28 articles with full citations and the online links for JOM and the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) publications (PDFs) is appended below.

Many of these articles will appear in subsequent 2016 issues as part of the “JOEM Then & Now Project,” a retrospective of vintage articles paired with recent JOEM publications to give readers a valuable vantage point to evaluate the evolution of science, medical economics, ethics, and other topics in our field.


The Epidemiology of Byssinosis—Adventure and Misadventure

Schilling, R.S.F., MD

January 1959, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp. 33–38

An Immunological Approach to Silicosis

Vigliani, E.C.; Pernis, B.

June 1959, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp. 319–328

Dilemmas of the Occupational Physician in Mental Health Programming—Part II

Levinson, Harry, PhD

May 1960, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp. 205–208

Prepaid Medical Care as Viewed by Organized Labor and Management

Barnes, Asa, MD

July 1962, Volume 4, Issue 7, pp. 349–352

*The Workplace as a Health Care Resource

Steinfeld, Jesse L., MD

August 1970, Volume 12, Issue 8, pp. 315–317

Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act

Guenther, George C.

July 1971, Volume 13, Issue 7, pp. 317–321

The Question of Ethical Standards in Occupational Medical Practice

Roberts, Norbert J., MD

August 1972, Volume 14, Issue 8, pp. 632–635

Angiosarcoma of Liver in the Manufacture of Polyvinyl Chloride

Creech, J.L., Jr., MD; Johnson, M.N., MD

March 1974, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp. 150–151

Human Strength Capability and Low-Back Pain

Chaffin, Don B., PhD

April 1974, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp. 248–254

Occupational Hearing Loss Between 85 and 90 dBA

Martin, R.H., MD; Gibson, E.S., MD; Lockington, J.N., BS

January 1975, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp. 13–18

Preventive Medicine and the Bottom Line

Fielding, Jonathan E., MD, MPH

February 1979, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp. 79–88

Sappington Memorial Lecture

Standards in the Workplace: Crisis, Crusade or Crucible?

Kotin, Paul, MD

August 1979, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp. 557–561,_Crusade_or.14.aspx

The Law in Conflict: Accommodating Equal Employment and Occupational Health Obligations

Stillman, Nina G., JD

September 1979, Volume 21, Issue 9, pp. 599–606

A Method for Verifying the Completeness of Cohorts Used in Occupational Mortality Studies

Marsh, Gary M., ScD; Enterline, Philip E., PhD

October 1979, Volume 21, Issue 10, pp. 65–670

Isometric Strength Testing as a Means of Controlling Medical Incidents on Strenuous Jobs

Keyserling, W. Monroe, PhD; Herrin, Gary D., PhD; Chaffin, Don B., PhD

May 1980, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp. 332–336

Kammer Award 1982

An Occupation and Exposure Linkage System for the Study of Occupational Carcinogenesis

Hoar, Shelia K., ScM; Morrison, Alan S., MD; Cole, Philip M.; Silverman, Debra T., ScM

November 1980, Volume 22, Issue 11, pp. 722–726

Kammer Award 1983

Diverse Profiles of Immunoreactivity in Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) Asthma

Gallagher, J.S., PhD; Tse, C.S. Ted, PharmD; Brooks, S.M., MD

September 1981, Volume 23, Issue 9, pp. 610–616

Kammer Award 1985

Implications of Tumor Growth Rate for the Natural History of Lung Cancer

Weiss, William, MD

May 1984, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp. 345–352

Kammer Award 1986

Evaluation for Compensation of Asbestos-Exposed Individuals II. Apportionment of Risk for Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma

Chase, Gerald, PhD; Kotin, Paul, MD; Crump, Kenny, PhD; Mitchell, Roger S., MD

March 1986, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp. 189–198

Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome

Brooks, Stuart M., MD; Weiss, Mark A., MD; Bernstein, I.L., MD

July 1985, Volume 27, Issue 7, pp. 473–476

Kammer Award 1987

Observations on the Healthy Worker Effect

Monson, Richard R., MD, ScD

June 1986, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp. 425–433

The Dose-Response Fallacy in Human Reproductive Studies of Toxic Exposures

Selevan, Sherry G., PhD; Lemasters, Grace K., PhD

May 1987, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp. 451–154

Sappington Lecture

The Vanguard and the Rearguard: Occupational Medicine Revisits Its Future

Walsh, Diana Chapman, PhD

February 1988, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp. 124–134

Kammer Award 1993

Evaluation of Chemically Sensitive Patients

Fiedler, Nancy, PhD; Maccia, Clement, MD; Kipen, Howard, MD, MPH

May 1992, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp. 529–538

Kammer Award 1994

Occupational Physicians and Environmental Medicine

Ducatman, Alan M., MD, MSc

March 1993, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp. 251–259

Coal, Lead, Asbestos, and HIV: The Politics of Regulating Risk

Bayer, Ronald, PhD

September 1993, Volume 35, Issue 9, pp. 897–901,_Lead,_Asbestos,_and_HIV__The_Politics_of.12.aspx

Kammer Award 1997

Hemoglobin Adducts for In Vivo Dose Monitoring and Cancer Risk Estimation

Törnqvist, Margareta, PhD; Hindsø Landin, Helena, MSc

September 1995, Volume 37, Issue 9, pp. 1077–1085

Kammer Award 1999

Metal Fume Fever: Characterization of Clinical and Plasma IL-6 Responses in Controlled Human Exposures to Zinc Oxide Fume at and Below the Threshold Limit Value

Fine, Jonathan M., MD; Gordon, Terry, PhD; Chen, Lung Chi, PhD; Kinney, Patrick, PhD; Falcone, Gary; Beckett, William S., MD, MPH

August 1997, Volume 39, Issue 8, pp. 722–726

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