The health-related effects of asbestos have long been mired in controversy, with industry and plaintiff attorneys playing a significant role. This comprehensive book provides a balanced and extensive evidence-based critical analysis of the literature concerning asbestos-related diseases, from a scientific and historical perspective. The book presents a carefully referenced review of the medical literature on the health effects of asbestos, and reflects the extensive experience of the author in evaluating patients with asbestos-related disorders.
Table of Contents
How to Critically Read and Find Truth in the Medical Scientific Literature. Limitations of Epidemiologic Exposure Studies on the Health. Clinical Toxicology of Asbestos. History of Asbestos Commercial Use and Discovery of Adverse Health Effects: Asbestosis. What Is Asbestosis and What Is Not: Radiology and Pathology Correlates the Association of Lung Cancer and Asbestosis. The Effect of Smoking and Lung Cancer. Asbestos-Related Pleural Disease. Disability and Impairment in Asbestosis and Asbestos-Related Diffuse Pleural Disease. The Evolution of Workers’ Compensation and Employer Responsibility. Does Asbestos Cause Additional Malignancies Other than Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma? Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma. The Many Causes of Mesothelioma. Other Causes of Mesothelioma Not Related to Asbestiform Mineral Fibers. Mesothelioma and Asbestos Fiber Type. Chrysotile and Mesothelioma. The Tremolite Hypothesis. Mesothelioma Latency and Risk Risk Modeling. Household and Neighborhood Exposure to Asbestos. What Did Asbestos Pipe insulation Manufacturers and the U.S. Navy Understand About the Risk to Manufacturing Employees and End Users? The intervention of Government to Provide Safety Standards NIOSH/ACGIH Standards. Is there a Safe Or Risk-Free Level of Asbestos Exposure? How Do We Define Risk?
Dorsett D. Smith, MD, FCCP, FACP, FACOEM, clinical professor of medicine, Division of Respiratory Diseases and Critical Care, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, USA
"What Dr. Smith outlines as an evidence-based approach is likely as relevant to other key toxic materials as it is to asbestos. His first chapter, devoted to reading and finding truth in the medical scientific literature, is instructive
in many fields. An understanding of the health effects of asbestos has remained as refractory as the mineral itself. I'll return to these pages many times, as much to understand how we have proceeded, as to review the specific health-related effects of asbestos." - J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD (Navy Environmental Health Center)