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Byssinosis in Cotton Mill Workers.

R. L. Wolfson, M.D.; D. W. Horner, M.D.; J. D. Brain, Ph.D.; E. Zuskin, M.D.; and A. Bouhuys, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Atlanta, Georgia; and New Haven, Connecticut

Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(5):1099-1100. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-70-5-1099_3
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We studied the prevalence rate of byssinosis in cotton carders and spinners. Disabling byssinosis occurs among retired cotton workers (New Eng. J. Med. 277: 170, 1967), but byssinosis prevalence among active workers has not been investigated. Also, byssinosis is thought to occur only after 8 to 20 years' dust exposure. The present study yields data on prevalence and induction period in a mill where labor turnover is unusually rapid. Respiratory symptoms were recorded by questionnaire in 214 men, and lung function tests (forced expiratory volume (FEV1.0) and maximum expiratory flow volume (MEFV) curves) were performed before and after work on


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