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Asbestos and Its Diseases

John E. Craighead and Allen R. Gibbs


Although asbestos was once considered a miracle mineral, today even the word itself has ominous implications for all strata of our society. Incorporated in the past into over 3,000 different industrial and consumer products, as well as in building materials and military equipment, opportunities for exposure continue to be ever present in our environment. Thousands of workers and servicemen in a wide variety of trades have been disabled or have died consequent to the health effects of asbestos, and many more can be expected to be affected in years to come. Litigation continues, and financial aw ... More

Keywords: mineralogy, lung cancer, asbestosis, building materials, military equipment, blue collar workers, health effects, litigation, regulations

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John E. Craighead, editor
University of Vermont

Allen R. Gibbs, editor
Department of Histopathology, Llandough Hospital, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust

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