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De Morbis Artificum Diatriba (Treaty on Workers' Diseases) was the first book written specifically about occupational illness.[1] It was written by Bernardino Ramazzini while he was living in Padua, and was published in Latin in 1700. The book has been cited by Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Cotton Mather, and is considered a seminal work in the field of occupational medicine.[2] It describes between 53 and 69 different professions, and includes analytical and methodological approaches to diagnose and prevent diseases associated with them.[1][3] It was the first book to consider substance exposure as a cause of headaches.[4]

De Morbis Artificum Diatriba
Frontpage of the definitive 1713 edition of De Morbis Artificum Diatriba.jpg
Frontpage of the definitive 1713 edition of De Morbis Artificum Diatriba
AuthorBernardino Ramazzini
CountryRepublic of Venice
SubjectOccupational Medicine
Publication date
Media typePrint


  1. ^ a b Zanchin, G; Rossi, P; Maggioni, F; Isler, H (1996). "Headache as an Occupational Illness in the Treatise "De Morbis Artificum Diatriba" of Bernardino Ramazzini". Cephalalgia. 16 (2): 79–86. doi:10.1046/j.1468-2982.1996.1602079.x. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ Felton, J.S. (1997). "The heritage of Bernardino Ramazzini". Occupational Medicine. 47 (3): 167–179. doi:10.1093/occmed/47.3.167.
  3. ^ Araujo-Alvarez, J.M.; Trujillo-Ferrara, J.G. (2002). "De Morbis Artificum Diatriba 1700-2000" (PDF). Salud Publica de Mexico. 44 (4): 362–370. ISSN 0036-3634.
  4. ^ Maggioni, F.; Rossi, P; Zanchin, P. (1995). "Headache Associated with Exogeneous Substances - An Idea First Considered in the 18th Century". Confinia Celphalalgica. 4 (2): 67–71. Retrieved 16 January 2019.