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August 13, 1949

ASBESTOSIS AND CANCER OF THE LUNG

JAMA. 1949;140(15):1219-1220. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900500027011
Abstract

Until recently the coexistence of asbestosis and cancer of the lung was considered by many investigators a coincidence. Since 1935, 23 such cases were recorded by American, English and German physicians. Wedler1 noted 14 cases of asbestosis cancer in a series of 92 necropsies on patients with asbestosis, or about 15 per cent of cancer of the lung in persons who died from this industrial disease. The exposure time ranged from 3 to 27 years (average 15 years). The ages in 17 cases were 35 to 75 years (average 50 years). Until now the question of a causal relation between asbestosis and cancer of the lung has been an open one. The recently published Annual Report of the Chief Inspector of Factories

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