DAVID J. COTTON, M.D., F.R.C.P.; JAMES A. DOSMAN, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C);
Previous investigations suggest that a number of respiratory disorders may result from exposure to grain dust (1-2). However, few if any attempts have been made to correlate either quantitative or qualitative measurements of dust exposure with respiratory disorders (3). In the absence of previous dose-effect relations this workshop attempted to catalogue the potential etiologic agents and assess their relative health importance.
Grain dust is a heterogeneous substance that may include particles from numerous cereal grains (wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn) and may contain a large number of contaminants including silica, fungi and their metabolites (anatoxin), bacterial endotoxins, insects, mites, mammalian
COTTON DJ, DOSMAN JA. Grain Dust and Health. III. Environmental Factors. Ann Intern Med. ;89:420–421. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-3-420
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(3):420-421.
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