GERALD J. BECK, PH.D.; E. NEIL SCHACHTER, M.D.; LUCINDA R. MAUNDER, M.A.; RICHARD S.F. SCHILLING, M.D., D.SC.
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To the editor: Pratt and Lynn, in their continuing response (1) to our study of chronic lung disease in cotton-textile workers (2, 3), have again misread our figures and tables in their attempt to support their hypothesis that lung function in nonsmoking workers may improve after these workers retire from work in the mills.
The changes in lung function over the 6-year follow-up period of our study (2) given in Figure 1 pertain to all cotton-textile workers, not just those still actively working, as Pratt and Lynn misstate. This fact invalidates their conclusion that the active workers have worsening lung
BECK GJ, SCHACHTER EN, MAUNDER LR, et al. Lung Function in Cotton-Textile Workers. Ann Intern Med. 1984;101:150. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-1-150_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(1):150.
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