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Occupational hazards for operating room-based physicians.
Spence AA; Cohen EN; Brown BW Jr.; Jones RP; Himmelberger DU
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 1977 Aug; 238(9):955-959
Comparative analysis of data from three large retrospective surveys in the United States and the United Kingdom reaffirms an increased incidence of spontaneous abortion among female physicians working in the operating room. The live born children of female physicians exposed in the operating room also had substantially more congenital abnormalities. Male anesthetists, compared with nonanesthetist physicians, had an increased incidence of hepatic disease; there was also an increased frequency of congenital abnormality in their children. The incidence of spontaneous abortion in wives of male anesthetists and in the rate of cancer among exposed male anesthetists was similar to control. Despite differences in survey methods and analysis, there was remarkable agreement in conclusions to be drawn from the independent studies.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Contract; Contract-099-73-0003; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Reproductive-system-disorders; Physiological-effects; Sex-factors; Liver-disorders; Congenital-effects; Operating-rooms; Doctors; Surgeons; Anesthesiology; Hazards
Dr. Cohen, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305
Issue of Publication
Journal of the American Medical Association
Page last reviewed: November 13, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division