Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Dr Leman's presentation of a letter to the Colorado Medical Society in 1881 written in a coal miner's black, inky sputum may have been shocking, but it took decades for the government to accept coal workers' pneumoconiosis as a disease and write the laws to compensate for disability and death.
Alan Derickson has written an extraordinary book on the history of coal miners' disease, a topic he has extensively researched. Derickson is Associate Professor of Labor Studies and History at Pennsylvania State University and the recipient of The Phillip Taft Labor History Award.
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