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Asbestos air pollution.
Selikoff-IJ; Nicholson-WJ; Langer-AM
Arch Environ Health 1972 Jul; 25(1):1-13
Exploration of the question as to whether chrysotile asbestos is commonly found in the lungs of urban dwellers and whether this asbestos lung burden poses the threat of asbestos disease. Prior studies had shown that asbestos fibers could be found in the lungs of persons never exposed occupationally to asbestos. The current study reported indicated that of 3,000 consecutive autopsies in New York, 48.3% showed asbestos bodies in the lungs, and an examination of 28 of the cases, via a technique which allowed for qualitative analysis, revealed the presence of chrysotile fibers. Although it has now been demonstrated that asbestos is present in the urban- dwellers' lungs (and also in the lungs of rural persons who have not been exposed occupationally to asbestos) little information is available on the quantity of asbestos in the ambient air, and further, what quantity constitutes a health hazard.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Asbestosis; Respiratory-disorders; Pulmonary-disorders; Airborne-fibers; Particulate-dusts; Atmospheric-contamination; Long-term-exposure
Community Medicine MT Sinai School of Medicine Fifth Avenue and 100 Street New York, N Y 10029
Issue of Publication
Archives of Environmental Health
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
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