The first part of this book deals with the methods used to define and study occupational respiratory diseases and includes an assessment of chest x-rays, pulmonary function data, and lung impairment. The second part of the book deals with specific classes of respiratory diseases, their definition, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment. Specific topics in the second section are pneumoconioses (silicosis, acute silicosis, silicate pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, coal workers' pneumoconiosis and exposure to other carbonaceous dusts, beryllium disease, pulmonary reactions to miscellaneous mineral dusts as well as man made mineral fibers and miscellaneous pneumoconioses), occupational asthma and rhinitis, hypersensitivity, chronic airways obstruction (chronic bronchitis and emphysema), byssinosis, effects of inhaled toxic agents (acute and chronic respiratory effects, and acute systemic effects of inhaled occupational agents), neoplasms (epidemiology of occupationally induced lung cancer, pathology of occupational lung cancer, clinical presentation, mesothelioma, and screening) infectious diseases (inhalation anthrax, histoplasmosis, brucellosis, tuberculosis, and psittacosis), and heart disease.
Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 86-102, 847 pages, 2379 references