Lawrence W. Raymond, MD
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Raymond L.; Flock Worker's Lung. Ann Intern Med. 1999;130:615. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-130-7-199904060-00012
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(7):615.
TO THE EDITOR:
The unsavory saga of flock worker's lung and the critical analysis of secrecy in science by Schuchman combine with Dr. Davidoff's editorial (1-3) to call attention to the need for a priori damage control when physicians contract to provide occupational health services to industry. One simple step might help, at least when dealing with employers in the United States—to include in such contracts reference to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Specifically, section 8(e) of this Act requires manufacturers to notify the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency when new findings of adverse effects constitute a substantial risk for injury to human health or the environment. I believe that flock worker's lung clearly qualifies as a reportable condition under TSCA section 8(e). Human-made fibers are by no means exempt from this requirement (4).
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