JAMES A. DOSMAN, M.D.
Obstructive pulmonary disease that men and women develop as a consequence of their working environment challenges the chest physician and the investigator who would use physiologic and epidemiologic principles to identify such a disease. Clearly, the death rates from bronchitis among certain exposed occupational groups are higher than those in the general population (1), and morbidity, as gauged by work time lost, is increased (2). Because the cause of occupational chronic bronchitis is often multifactorial (3), with smoking an important determinant, the numerous surveys of those exposed to mineral dust, for example, have usually shown that these workers have a
DOSMAN JA. Preventive Diagnosis in Occupational Pulmonary Disease. Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:274–276. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-2-274
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