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October 8, 1982

Occupational Lung Disorders

Author Affiliations

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

JAMA. 1982;248(14):1762-1763. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330140070048

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Since the publication in 1974 of the first edition of Occupational Lung Disorders by W. R. Parkes, this text has become a standard reference in the area of occupational lung diseases. The second edition is organized similarly to the previous edition, with the addition of a new chapter on the important subject, "Occupational Asthma including Byssinosis" as well as a short chapter on "Lung Cancer and Occupation."

The first five chapters cover the basic area of geochemistry, normal physiology of inhaled materials and their deposition within the lung, fundamental aspects of pathology, and an excellently illustrated chapter on the chest roentgenogram. The remaining chapters cover the entire field of occupational lung diseases. The new edition is larger than the previous edition and contains more illustrations, which are well done. The writing is excellent and easy to follow. The references are extensive and up to date, and the text is well