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April 8, 1939

A Study of Asbestosis in the Asbestos Textile Industry

JAMA. 1939;112(14):1416-1417. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800140114031

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This complete study of the asbestos industry made by the Division of Industrial Hygiene of the United States Public Health Service ranks with the best of the industrial studies that this group has produced. Initiated by the State Board of Health and by the Industrial Commission of North Carolina, the objectives of the study were to determine the effects of continued inhalation of asbestos dust, identifying the various processes which produce the dust, and recommending at the same time the indicated engineering improvements to control the pollution of the atmosphere. The study endeavors to determine what concentrations of asbestos dust can be safely borne. The report begins with a description of the various processes in which asbestos is used in combination with cotton to fabricate various textiles. A brief comparison is made with the similar industry in Great Britain. An analysis of the various occupations involved was made and dust

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