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Chronic disease in the workplace and the environment. Lung disease: lessons from the past--keys to the future.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6380420     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A rich experience has provided specific and sensitive methods for identifying adverse effects of environmental agents. Many classic lessons have come from occupational health. We must now decide how to apply these to the unsolved problems of the prevalent chronic pulmonary diseases: asthma, chronic bronchitis (with small airway obstruction or obliteration), emphysema, and fibrosis. Current and potential exposure problems which should be investigated include fiberglass and other fibers, welding, solvents, and pesticides. The dilemma of personal vs. societal action needs to be resolved. An integrated strategy could provide quick warnings and initiation of studies for precise answers. Such strategy consists of workplace surveillance and networking of morbidity reporting, combined with observations across time which are collected in tandem with measurements of exposure. Some pilot studies and experiments are needed to perfect such a systematic program.
K H Kilburn
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of environmental health     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0003-9896     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Environ. Health     Publication Date:    1984 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-09-19     Completed Date:  1984-09-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0212627     Medline TA:  Arch Environ Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  139-43     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
History, 16th Century
History, 17th Century
History, 18th Century
History, 20th Century
Lung Diseases / etiology,  history*
Occupational Diseases / etiology,  history
Occupational Medicine / history*
Population Surveillance
South Africa
United States

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