ROBERT A. GOLDSTEIN, M. D., PH.D.; ROY PATTERSON, M.D.
Occupational health hazards have been recognized for a long time. Lung disease caused by inhalation of dust was mentioned by Agricola in his treatise on mining in 1556 and described in stonecutters by Van Diemerbroeck in 1672 and by Ramazzini in 1713 (1). The subsequent elucidation of such disorders as silicosis, asbestosis, and anthracosis has been based on careful, arduous, and often retrospective, epidemiologic studies. In fact, because it has often been difficult to identify potentially causative agents ahead of time and because inexpensive diagnostic measures are not readily available for most of these disorders, few prospective studies have been
GOLDSTEIN RA, PATTERSON R. Occupational Immunologic Lung Disease. Ann Intern Med. 1982;97:133–135. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-1-133_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(1):133-135.
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