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The Use of Phosphorus in the Manufacture of Lucifer Matches

Nature volume 60, pages 5455 | Download Citation



OUR readers will be aware that about a year, ago the attention of the public was specially directed to the danger which attends the use of yellow phosphorus in the manufacture of matches. Numerous cases of necrosis of the jaw were reported, and some of these occurred in factories which were supposed to be conducted on hygienic principles. There were also some cases in these factories which had been intentionally concealed from the proper, authorities. The Home Office accordingly requested Profs. Thorpe and Oliver to inquire and report upon the subject, and shortly afterwards these authorities were joined by Dr. Cunningham, senior dental surgeon to the London Hospital, in view of the importance of the practical dental question at issue.

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