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Title Asbestos and its diseases / edited by John E. Craighead, Allen R. Gibbs
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
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Contents Chapter 1. From Cotton-Stone to the New York Conference: Asbestos-Related Diseases 1878-1965; Chapter 2. Mineralogy of Asbestos; Chapter 3. Diseases Associated with Asbestos Industrial Products and Environmental Exposure; Chapter 4. Epidemiology and Risk Assessment; Chapter 5. Molecular Responses to Asbestos: Induction of Cell Proliferation and Apoptosis Through Modulation of Redox-Dependent Cell Signaling Pathways; Chapter 6. Benign Pleural and Parenchymal Diseases Associated with Asbestos Exposure; Chapter 7. Lung Cancer Associated with Asbestos Exposure; Chapter 8. Malignant Diseases of the Pleura, Peritoneum, and Other Serosal SurfacesChapter 9. Nonthoracic Cancers Possibly Resulting from Asbestos Exposure; Chapter 10. Diagnostic Features and Clinical Evaluation of the Asbestos-Associated Diseases; Chapter 11. Radiological Features of the Asbestos-Associated Diseases; Chapter 12. Mineral Fiber Analysis and Asbestos-Related Diseases; Chapter 13. US Governmental Regulatory Approaches and Actions; Chapter 14. Therapeutic Approaches to Malignant Mesothelioma; Chapter 15. Asbestos Exposure and the Law in the United States; Chapter 16. Asbestos Exposure and Disease Trends in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Summary Although asbestos was once considered a miracle mineral, today even the word itself has ominous implications for all strata of our society. Incorporated in the past into over 3,000 different industrial and consumer products, as well as in building materials and military equipment, opportunities for exposure continue to be ever present in our environment. Thousands of workers and servicemen in a wide variety of trades have been disabled or have died consequent to the health effects of asbestos, and many more can be expected to be affected in years to come. Litigation continues, and financial awards have bankrupted many Fortune 500 companies and numerous smaller companies. While one might implicate our forefathers in this widespread, relentless medical catastrophe, only in recent decades has science appreciated the complexities of the problem and the long disease latencies. The characteristics and discovery of the unique fibrous minerals known as asbestos are considered in this book. A discussion of the major uses of these materials in the past follows. The epidemiology of the diseases asbestos cause and the risk associated with exposure are then discussed. Individual asbestos-associated diseases are considered in detail from clinical, pathologic, and pathogenic perspectives in the context of approaches to diagnosis and treatment. The authors also explore the history of regulatory efforts based on governmental actions, and the complex story of litigation related to asbestos-associated diseases. Finally, projections for the future worldwide occurrence of asbestos-related diseases are calculated.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Asbestosis
Asbestos -- Toxicology
Asbestos -- Health aspects
Asbestos -- Carcinogenicity
Asbestos -- adverse effects
Asbestosis -- etiology
Lung Neoplasms -- etiology
Occupational Exposure -- adverse effects
Pleural Neoplasms -- etiology
Form Electronic book
Author Craighead, John E
Gibbs, A. R
ISBN 9780195178692 (alk. paper)
0195178696 (alk. paper)
9780199864591 (ebook)
0199864594 (ebook)
ABBREV TI Asbestos and its diseases