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Lung function in fire fighters, II: a five year follow-up of retirees.
Musk AW; Peters JM; Wegman DH
Am J Public Health 1977 Jul; 67(7):630-633
In a study of the chronic effects of fire fighting on lung function, 1,768 employees from the Boston Fire Department were examined in 1970. From this cohort, 109 firefighters who retired in the period 1970 to 1975 have been restudied with questionnaire and respiratory function tests. The observed values for pulmonary function when expressed as a per cent of predicted are consistently slightly below 100 percent. The expected effect of cigarette smoking on lung function was demonstrated. The results suggest that selection factors within the Fire Department (company transfers, promotions, and retirement) are important in reducing the effect of fire fighting on subjects who may be adversely affected by the inhalation of combustion products.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-functions; Occupational-exposure; Protective-measures; Diagnostic-tests; Prevention; Epidemiology
Physiology Harvard Sch of Public Health 665 Huntington Avenue Boston, Mass 02115
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Public Health
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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