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Document ID (ISN)57411
CIS number 92-201
ISSN - Serial title 0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Samet J.M., Utell M.J.
Title The environment and the lung: Changing perspectives
Bibliographic information 7 Aug. 1991, Vol.266, No.5, p.670-675. 57 ref.
Abstract This paper discusses the changing focus across the century of public health concern and research in regard to environmental lung diseases. Broad groups of environmental agents that produce lung disease are considered along with the currently available evidence for several air pollutants selected to be illustrative of the changing emphasis of concern. These include asbestos, radon, environmental tobacco smoke, acidic aerosols, sulfur dioxide and oxidant pollutants, including ozone and nitrogen dioxide. In the persistent concerns about adverse effects of polluted air on the lung, the focus has shifted from avoiding clinical disease among highly exposed individuals to protecting the population from an unacceptable burden of risk.
Descriptors (primary) atmospheric pollution; lung diseases
Descriptors (secondary) nitrogen dioxide; radon; ozone; asbestos; sulfur dioxide; passive smoking; lung cancer; hazard evaluation; oxidizing substances
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Air pollution
Environmental pollution
Passive smoking