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August 11, 1989

Pathology of Occupational Lung Disease

Author Affiliations

UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, Calif

UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, Calif

JAMA. 1989;262(6):840-841. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430060140046

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This book is a combined Canadian, American, and British text, almost two thirds of it dealing with diseases produced by the mineral dusts coal, silica, silicates, and asbestos. The remaining chapters are devoted to diseases caused by metals, including beryllium, synthetic mineral fibers, and allergic states and some miscellaneous conditions.

The book is introduced by a helpful chapter on methods for pathological examination in occupational lung disease, which includes general pathogenesis and basic gross and microscopic changes, and briefly touches on clinical features and the International Labour Office classification. There is a list of analytic techniques for foreign material, and I wish there had been some way of informing readers where to get these done. Insofar as the large lung section technique of Gough and Wentworth is used to illustrate many of the conditions throughout the book, I am surprised that the methodology of this useful technique is not described.