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March 1943

Chronic Pulmonary Disease in South Wales Coalminers.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;71(3):441. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210030142022

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This report on the occurrence and nature of pneumoconiosis in coal miners is the result of a study begun in 1937 and carried through despite the exigencies of war. Its appearance at this time can be credited to the British quality of seeing a job through, while its tremendous thoroughness and its scientific caution in drawing conclusions must be credited to the able collaborators who made and wrote up the medical survey and the pathologic report. The incidence of pneumoconiosis is studied in relation to mining conditions, the type of coal mined, the kind and the duration of work done, the incidence of tuberculous infection and the degree of disability. A prenodular stage of reticulation is described both roentgenologically and pathologically. The illustrations of roentgen changes, showing both whole chests and detailed enlargements of limited areas, are extraordinarily good. There is an excellent bibliography. In addition to those persons with

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