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[Editorial] Improving mental health in the workplace

In 1700, Italian physician Bernardino Ramazzini penned De Morbis Artificum Diatriba (Diseases of Workers), the first medical text to describe the ways environmental conditions or hazards associated with various livelihoods could present risks for health. Famously, Ramazzini is cited for encouraging physicians to extend the Hippocratic inquiry of patients to include: “What is your occupation?” Although workers’ experiences in the modern world are very different from those in the 17th century, occupational medicine is built on the same fundamental ideals—preventing and treating job-related injury and illness and maintaining health in the workplace.