JORDAN N. FINK, M.D.
The inhalation of a variety of organic dusts has been shown to result in a hypersensitivity pneumonitis in susceptible individuals. The dusts shown to lead to these disorders may either be of animal or vegetable origin. In pigeon breeder's disease or other bird handler's disease and in pituitary snuff taker's lung, the offending antigens are the foreign serum proteins contained in the inhaled materials (1). In the occupational disorders of farmer's lung, bagassosis, and mushroom worker's lung, however, the offending antigens have been shown to be derived from thermophilic actinomycetes contaminating the vegetable dust (1). In these cases the vegetable
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FINK JN. Environment and Pulmonary Hypersensitivity. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:293–294. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-2-293
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(2):293-294.
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