VOLKER SCHEIDEMANDEL, M.D.
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To the editor: The excellent report by Gaensler and Kaplan (Ann Intern Med 74:178-191, 1971) suggests a likely association between asbestos exposure and 12 patients with "idiopathic" pleural effusions. In this series one case of mesothelioma was recognized 9 years after the first documented effusion. The authors state that the role of asbestos exposure in the development of mesothelioma has been explored extensively since the initial report by Wagner, Sleggs, and Marchand in 1960 (1). Review of the literature, however, indicates that in 1953 Weiss (2) reported a case of a former asbestos insulation worker who presented with a right
SCHEIDEMANDEL V. Asbestos and Mesothelioma. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:1014. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-6-1014_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(6):1014.
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