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Books, Journals, New Media
January 17, 2001

Black LungBlack Lung: Anatomy of a Public Health Disaster

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;285(3):339-340. doi:10.1001/jama.285.3.339

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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