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Occup Med. 1993 Jan-Mar;8(1):155-70.

Airflow obstruction and mining.

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Chest Unit, Newcastle General Hospital, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK.


Bronchitis and emphysema have long been described as diseases of miners, but the precise contribution of occupational exposures to coal and other mine dusts in causing these disorders, as opposed to cofactors such as social class, environmental pollution, and cigarette smoking, has not been fully defined. Epidemiologic studies have attempted, with varying degrees of success, to determine the incidence and severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases in miners as compared to the general population. The results from these studies, and those in other nonmining industries with dust exposures, are examined.

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