Cryolite intoxication, a hitherto unknown disease among the workers at theOresund Chemical Works, Copenhagen, was found in November, 1932 as aresult of a profitable collaboration between the Industrial-hygienic Re.searches of the Inspectorate of Factories and Workshops and the X-rayDepartment of the Rigshospital. Professor P. Flemming Moller, the leader of that department, interested mc in the disease and suggested that I should gomore deeply into the problems of fluorine intoxication. Through the mediumof an appointment at private expense as Assistant Physician under theInspectorate of Factories and Workshops, I was enabled to complete theprincipal part of the investigations which form the foundation of the presentwork. The material from the first investigation was placed at my disposal,including the blocks for the illustrations Fig. 16, 19—26, 28
and 29.I wish to thank Professor Flemming Moller for inducing me to embark onthe subject, for kind permission to examine my material by X-ray at theRigshospital, for passing judgment on the radiographs of cryolite workers’lungs, and for unflagging interest in my efforts. To the Director of theInspectorate of Factories and Workshops, Mr. E. Dreyer, and its Chief Physician, Dr. Sk. V. Gudjonsson, I tender my best thanks for theirconfiding the task to me and allowing me a free hand to complete it as wellas for their in interest and support. By his energetic labours for industrialhygiene in Denmark Dr. Gudjonsson laid the foundation on which this work was started.A great deal of the work was clone at the Copenhagen University Institute of Hygiene and the Budde Laboratory, to whose Director, Professor L. S.Fridericia, I am greatly indebted for hospitality, the best of facilities, andfriendly interest. I am obliged to the staff of workers at the Institute for helpand encouragement in the daily work. Miss Kirsten Becker and Miss LotteHolm assisted me in tending the experimental animals and with thepreparation of microscopic slides. Preparations were photographed incollaboration with Messrs. Henrik Jensen and E. D. Lange. Some of themicroscopic photographs are the work of Miss Margrete Faick, of theCopenhagen University Institute of Pathological Anatomy.