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Document ID (ISN)64102
CIS number 95-663
ISBN(s) 0-691-03771-X
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rosner D., Markowitz G.
Title Deadly dust. Silicosis and the politics of occupational disease in twentieth-century America
Bibliographic information Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA, 1991. xiii, 229p. Illus. Bibl.ref. Index. Price: USD 15.95, GBP 13.95.
Abstract The history of silicosis in America from its recognition in the early years of the 20th century is reviewed. The increasing severity of the sand dust problem in foundries as a result of changes in work methods, technology and organization is described along with the impact on workers' health. The broader social conditions that contributed to the emergence of silicosis as a national crisis and attempts by government, industry and insurance to resolve it are discussed. Finally, the waning interest in this condition on the part of business, health professionals and the labour unions is reviewed.
Descriptors (primary) USA; occupational diseases; silica; foundries; respirable dust; silicosis; history; sand
Descriptors (secondary) tuberculosis; role of government; workmen's compensation; role of insurance institutions; role of workers' organizations
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Pneumoconioses
Foundries, metalcasting and forging operations
Bacterial and parasitic diseases