DAVID J. COTTON, M.D., F.R.C.P.; JAMES A. DOSMAN, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C);
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Previous investigations suggest that a number of respiratory disorders may result from exposure to grain dust (1-2). However, few if any attempts have been made to correlate either quantitative or qualitative measurements of dust exposure with respiratory disorders (3). In the absence of previous dose-effect relations this workshop attempted to catalogue the potential etiologic agents and assess their relative health importance.
Grain dust is a heterogeneous substance that may include particles from numerous cereal grains (wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn) and may contain a large number of contaminants including silica, fungi and their metabolites (anatoxin), bacterial endotoxins, insects, mites, mammalian
COTTON DJ, DOSMAN JA. Grain Dust and Health. III. Environmental Factors. Ann Intern Med. 1978;89:420–421. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-3-420
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(3):420-421.
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