CHARLES CHESNER, M.D.
The purpose of this paper is to alert the physicians to a chronic type of pulmonary disease of high fatality occurring in individuals living in a community where beryllium is produced.
In 1943 and again in 1945, Van Ordstrand1, 2 and associates described cases of acute beryllium poisoning in workers in plants producing beryllium, its compounds and alloys. One of the papers2 recorded the autopsy findings in five fatal cases. The signs and symptoms of the acute beryllium intoxication began while the patients were actively engaged in working with beryllium and, in the non-fatal cases, cleared up when the
CHESNER C. CHRONIC PULMONARY GRANULOMATOSIS IN RESIDENTS OF A COMMUNITY NEAR A BERYLLIUM PLANT: THREE AUTOPSIED CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;32:1028–1048. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-32-6-1028
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1950;32(6):1028-1048.
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