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Chronic effect of fire fighting on pulmonary function.

Authors
Peters-JM; Theriault-GP; Fine-LJ; Wegman-DH
Source
N Engl J Med 1974 Dec; 291(25):1320-1322
NIOSHTIC No.
00047476
Abstract
In a clinical study, pulmonary function was studied in 1430 Boston fire fighters during the period 1970 to 1972. Questionnaire information on exposures, current respiratory symptoms and smoking habits was also collected. Forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume in one second were measured on two occasions. The rate of loss in pulmonary function observed for the entire population was more than twice the expected rate (77 vs. 30 ml for forced vital capacity). These changes were significantly related to frequency of fire exposure (p less than 0.01) and could not be explained by differences in age, smoking habits or ethnic background. This study suggests that occupational exposures are contributing to chronic impairment of pulmonary function in fire fighters.
Keywords
Epidemiology; Respiration; Lungs; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting
Contact
Physiology Harvard Sch of Public Health 665 Huntington Avenue Boston, Mass 02115
CODEN
NEJMAG
Publication Date
19741219
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
261941
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1975
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-00369
Issue of Publication
25
ISSN
0028-4793
Source Name
New England Journal of Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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